World AIDS Day 2010 (Vancouver and beyond)

World AIDS Day Christmas TreeThree years ago, I Blogathoned for A Loving Spoonful, a fantastic Vancouver charity that provides meals to patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS. I learned about the fact that November was officially proclaimed Red Ribbon Month through the We Care Red Ribbon Campaign. The red ribbon symbolizes the continuous fight against the deadly disease. Vancouver is home to one of the world leaders in HIV research, Dr. Julio Montaner. And recently, A Loving Spoonful celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. According to the Joint Programme of the United Nations on AIDS (UNAIDS), 56 countries have either stabilized or achieved significant declines in rates of new HIV infections.

An estimated 2.6 million [2.3 million–2.8 million] people became newly infected with HIV, and while the rates of infection are declining, there’s still much work to be done. Today we celebrate World AIDS Day and the We Care Ribbon Campaign.

The Red Ribbon is the symbol of hope and solidarity for those affected by HIV/AIDS and was developed by the Visual AIDS Artist Caucus in 1991.The We Care Red Ribbon campaign intends to base its efforts around this integral symbol to promote the themes of the campaign and encourage the Vancouver community to Spread The Love, Stop The Virus! HIV/AIDS: Together we can protect each other.

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