According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33 million people worldwide living with HIV, including 2.5 million children, and during 2007 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. Around 95% of people with HIV and AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.
In the UK there are over 70,000 people living with the virus and it is estimated that a third of those people do not know that they are infected. Recent research by the BBC revealed that 90% of 16 – 24 year olds do not think about HIV before having sex.
The worldwide theme for World AIDS Day 2009 is “Universal Access and Human Rights". Michel Sidibé Executive Director of UNAIDS says, "Achieving universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support is a human rights imperative. It is essential that the global response to the AIDS epidemic is grounded in human rights and that discrimination and punitive laws against those most affected by HIV are removed."
The red ribbon was created by the New York-based Visual AIDS Artists Caucus in 1991 and symbolises respect for people who have died and compassion for those who are living with AIDS. It raises awareness about HIV and AIDS worldwide.
Our 2009 World AIDS Day events
We have even more World AIDS Day events this year, as once again we’ll be sending, through the League Managers Association, Badges of Hope to all 92 working managers together with some text for them to include in their Match Day programme notes. The aim of this exercise is to bring the issue of HIV to a wide audience of football fans throughout England and Wales. In addition we will be providing Badges of Hope for players through the Professional Footballers Association to hand out at their AGM in late November.
This year we will also be providing all 600 guests at a special League Managers Association Dinner also held in November, raising awareness of HIV with a high-profile sport and corporate audience.
Finally, the launch of our web site in time for World AIDS Day at a special event to held at the House of Lords on Thursday 19th November.
Previous HIVsport World AIDS Day Campaigns
One of the aims of HIVsport is to ensure that sportsmen and women can demonstrate their commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS, not just in the UK but worldwide, and to make sure that they have all of the correct information to hand and receive the necessary support.
In 2007 and 2008 HIVsport’s World AIDS Day campaign was supported by the Football Association (FA), the League Managers Association (LMA), the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), FIFPro, the international players union and the Educational Sports Forum. In addition we had support from the Professional Boxing Association (PBA).
Many top football managers were spotted wearing the now recognisable Badge of Hope as you can see here. A news item on our World AIDS Day campaign 2007 can be found on the FA's web site at www.thefa.com
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