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World Aids Day 2012
I see Red Ribbons everywhere - On cars, Pinned on Clothes, Doorknobs, Web-pages - everywhere!!!
What does it mean?
I was told that 1st of December 2012 is world Aids Day.The Red Ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.

What is World Aids Day About? It is a Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
To create awareness and Acting Aware.
This means finding out the facts about HIV, Sharing that knowledge and using it to protect yourself and others from HIV infection.

Here's some Information About HIV and World Aids day to get you started.

The Scary Statistics:
- About 1.5 million people living with HIV require treatment.
- An estimated 1000 new HIV infections occur daily.
- 100,000 AIDS related deaths are recorded annually.
- Nigeria has a gap of 30% in the coverage of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.
- Most Nigerian guys & Girls are still ashamed of walking into a pharmacy to buy a condom. Some wait till the store is empty

HIV Stigma
Myths About HIV
A Myth is an imaginary or fictitious thing or person. An unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution or action.

  • Only gay men get HIV?
    It is true that gay men are particularly affected by HIV as a group but HIV can still affect anyone and there are many heteros xuals living with HIV.
    Anyone who has s x without a condom or shares needles is at risk of HIV.
  • It's very easy for me to catch HIV from someone who is infected?
    You can only become infected with HIV if you have s x without a condom or share a needle or injecting equipment with someone living with HIV.
    HIV is not spread through day-to-day contact, touching, kissing or sharing utensils. In addition, being on HIV treatment makes people with HIV far less likely to pass it on.
  • My partner would automatically tell me if they had HIV?
    It is not always easy to tell someone you have HIV. In addition, over a quarter of people with HIV are undiagnosed. It is dangerous to assume that your partner would automatically tell you if they had HIV – either because they may struggle to confide in you or because they don’t know they have it! Your s xual health is your responsibility — always using a condom is the safest way to protect against HIV transmission.
  • You can Get HIV from mosquito bites?
    There's no way you can get HIV from a mosquito. Technically, even if a mosquito which has bit an HIV positive person were to bite you there's no chance of the virus being transmitted because mosquitoes don't inject any blood into your system.
    Academically speaking you could get the virus, if a mosquito which has bit an HIV positive person were to bite you and you killed the mosquito over broken skin allowing its blood to enter your system through the broken skin. But this is just theoretical and it has never been recorded in real life. - Info Nigeria

Know Your Status Today
You help yourself and the AIDS cause when you know your own HIV Status.
Visit an HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) centre today, It is free and takes only 5 to 10 minutes. Click for an HCT centre near you.

Tweet About HIV - WorldAidsDay
For each tweet sent with the Hash-tag #1share1condom, Durex will donate a condom for the fight against HIV and AIDS.

National Agency for Control of Aids in Nigeria Call Centre on HIV and Related Diseases
 »  Call  6222  toll free (on Airtel and Etisalat network)
For HIV&AIDS enquiries,
 call toll free
 (Airtel subscribers only):
 » 08027192780
 » 08027192781
 » 08027192782
 » 08027192783

 Text only: 38120
 (Airtel, MTN, Glo
 and Starcomms subscribers only.

An AIDS-free generation can be achieved globally and here in Nigeria - Take action today.

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