World AIDS Day is Dec 1

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Started on December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognizing these as fundamental human rights. Valuable progress has been made in increasing access to HIV and AIDS services, yet greater commitment is needed around the world if the goal of universal access is to be achieved. Millions of people continue to be infected with HIV every year.

In low- and middle-income countries, less than half of those in need of antiretroviral therapy are receiving it, and too many do not have access to adequate care services.

The protection of human rights is fundamental to combating the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. Violations against human rights fuel the spread of HIV, putting marginalized groups, such as injecting drug users and sex workers, at a higher risk of HIV infection. By promoting individual human rights, new infections can be prevented and people who have HIV can live free from discrimination.

World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us – individuals, communities and political leaders – to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.

In conjunction with cities around the world, Pattaya City will organize activities to commemorate World AIDS Day December 1.

Activities are planned between 4 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.

A parade will begin in front of Soi 4 Beach Road at 4.30 p.m. heading down Beach Road towards Walking Street.

This year the public and public sector will be joined by people working in the health and fitness sector who will distribute condoms. The objective is to create awareness about the dreaded HIV/AIDS and how to protect oneself from contracting it and preventing it from spreading into the community.