Thursday, December 01, 2005

World AIDS Day: Be Aware, Educate Yourself, and Take Action

(Cross-posted to the Gypsy Librarian)

Today is World AIDS Day. It is a day for people to get facts about HIV and AIDS, to become aware, and to find ways to take action against this terrible disease. According to the website, "World AIDS Day is now in its 18th year. The first international health day was initiated following a unique summit of health ministers who met in London in January 1988. They realised that a united global effort was required to halt the spread of HIV and AIDS. The first theme was 'Join the Worldwide Effort'." In support, you will find the red ribbon on the column area of the blog.

Other places for information include, but are not limited to:

Johns Hopkins AIDS Service
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Medline Plus

And in case you need convincing why this is a significant issue, this article from the BBC might shed some light.

A hat tip to the Moorish Girl's blog. She also points out to some authors who provide a literary take on this. The Dewey Blog also has a note on World AIDS Day including telling us under what call number works on this topic fall.

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