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33 million people worldwide live with HIV, 80,000 of them in the UK, 2 million more are diagnosed each year and approximately 2 million die of AIDS related illnesses annually.
Being a disease largely passed on through ignorance or carelessness the most effective way to stop HIV/AIDS is through education and awareness. The latest figures indicate that new HIV infections have fallen worldwide by 17%. This is fantastic news and shows how well education can work.
If you can, try to do something for World Aids Day. Pop a few leaflets around, sell a few red ribbons, put up some posters. All are available from the Terrence Higgins Trust, at pretty short notice (I grabbed some this very afternoon!)
The battle against HIV is a winnable one. Please help humanity win it.