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World AIDS Day 2008

December 1st, 2008

Dr Petra

Today (1 December) is World AIDS Day and this year’s theme is ‘Respect and Protect’ – a message designed to get us thinking about ways to reduce the spread of HIV and reduce discrimination against those with HIV.

Problems of leadership (or the lack of), discrimination against at-risk groups, gender inequalities, lack of education, poverty and homophobia are all contributing to the spread of HIV.

Professor Mike Adler and colleagues have created a fascinating blog where they document approaches to tackling HIV over the past 25 years.

While on a positive note there’s news the UK will be donating more money to South Africa as it plans to revise it’s approach to tackling HIV.

Over at Mansized for the past couple of years we’ve marked World AIDS Day with a roundup of some funny and quirky condom adverts from around the globe. Worth a watch to remind us how we can take some simple steps to reduce our likelihood of catching or passing on HIV.

MTV’s website Staying Alive has lots of useful coverage about HIV from around the world, along with practical information on managing your own sexual health and getting tested/treated for STIs. You can also get information about HIV and other STIs (including finding a clinic near you) at Condom Essential Wear.

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