Join the Campaign Today! Please join the hundreds and thousands of caring people who choose to UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS. Together, we can make a real difference!By becoming a monthly donor to this five -year Campaign, or by making a financial contribution whenever you are able, you will help UNICEF to help the millions of children who are missing their childhoods because of HIV/AIDS.
Vast numbers of children across the world become infected with HIV every year. Without treatment, thousands die as a result of AIDS. In addition, millions more children who are not infected with HIV are indirectly affected by the epidemic, as a result of the death and suffering that AIDS causes in their families and their communities.
Despite the severity of this situation, many people still think of AIDS as something that affects adults. Some people occasionally think of ‘AIDS babies’, and children who have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS – AIDS orphans – are sometimes in the media. But since HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is commonly transmitted through sex or drug use, people don’t really think of it affecting children. It does, though – and millions of children around the world continue to have their lives damaged by HIV.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 30 November 2006 – Kimberly Canady, 19, and Elias Perez, 20, both from Brooklyn, look tired but have a sparkle in their eyes as they arrive in Ethiopia after the 16-hour flight donated by Ethiopian Airlines. It’s the first time either of them has travelled outside the United States.
Tired or not, there is no time to rest. Kimberly and Elias are youth activists on an important UNICEF mission to see firsthand what AIDS is doing to children and young people in a region that has been hard-hit by the disease.
The 2007 AIDS epidemic update reports on the latest developments in the global AIDS epidemic. The 2007 edition provides the most recent estimates of the AIDS epidemic and explores new findings and trends in the epidemic’s evolution.
December 1 is World AIDS Day, which reminds us of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the world’s health. In 2007, approximately 33.2 million people worldwide were living with HIV, and more than 2 million people died from AIDS. In the U.S., an estimated 1 million persons are living with HIV; of these, approximately 25 percent are unaware of their HIV infection and at risk for infecting others.
Getting tested for HIV remains an important part of preventing the spread of HIV, both in the United States and worldwide. People who know they are HIV infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. They can also take steps to protect their partners and protect their community. Being tested for HIV also is important since unrecognized HIV infections account for more than half of all new sexually transmitted HIV infections each year.
In the United States: CDC recommends that adults and adolescents between the ages of 13– 64 years be routinely screened for HIV infection in all healthcare settings. Pregnant women in the US should be screened for HIV infection as part of the routine panel of prenatal tests. To find a HIV testing site center near you, visit HIVtest.org or, on your cell phone, text your zip code to Know It – 566948.
Around the World: For World AIDS Day, CDC is releasing a critical new HIV testing and counseling tool, the Couples HIV Counseling and Testing (CHCT) Intervention and Training Curriculum.
For more information, visit the CDC.gov Global AIDS feature.
my love my love
inside the love I have for you
To the stars,
to the sun
to the clouds
to the sea and to those seagulls that
rests on top of my roof
and to I give the fish
you, my love.
Inside of this drawn out
inside of this spiral of dumb blood,
inside of my own pure blood
my love my love,
inside the rain
inside the love I feel to everything
to your children
to my children
and to the All world until the end of the world comes trough
Portuguese painter, printer, tapestry designer and illustrator. He studied architecture and painting, without completing either course, at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes in Lisbon. His early works show an affinity with Neo-Realism in their melancholic atmosphere and ironic depiction of daily life in Lisbon. This tendency was tempered by his love of Bonnard and interest in the abstract qualities of colour and light. A sojourn in London (1962–4) marked the beginning of a new phase in which a revivalism deriving from the influence of British Pop art overlaid his own innate nostalgic lyricism. The canvases treated with photosensitive emulsion of the late 1960s and early 1970s are of a greater eroticism and violence, and were followed by paintings on intimist themes with a local flavour and an emphasis on light.