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Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths

World AIDS Day,  December 1st,  is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died because of the disease. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. 

The good news is that many advances in medicine, scientific breakthroughs, and access to treatment have significantly reduced the number of new HIV infections, especially among children, where the rate of infection fell by 43 percent between 2003 and 2011. 

This offers hope for the global community, but we must caution against complacency. The target, as identified in the Millennium Development Goals, is zero deaths and zero new infections by 2015.  At the current rate, that target will not be reached, which means we need to re-double our efforts. 

Today, an estimated 34 million people are still HIV-positive, with 69 percent of them living in sub-Saharan Africa. Much work needs to be done to ensure that those affected, especially the poorest and most vulnerable receive the care and treatment they need.

Concern’s HIV and AIDS program aims to reduce the transmission and prevalence of HIV and AIDS, and minimize the impact of the disease on those living in extreme poverty. Concern works to ensure that extremely poor HIV-affected communities and individuals—especially women and children—have improved levels of nutrition, food, and livelihoods security, and that people who displaced or affected by an emergency are able to access quality HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. 

JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV and AIDS

Give the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people the access to testing, as well as counseling with health professionals, neighbors, and peers about HIV and AIDS education and fighting stigma. AIDS is the leading cause of death globally in women of reproductive age, and it is among the leading causes of death among infants and young children in much of sub-Saharan Africa.
On World AIDS Day, please buy a Concern Gift that could bring confidential HIV testing, counseling, treatment, and education to even the most remote villages, where it can take two to three days to walk to the nearest health center. To view our complete Concern Gifts catalogue click here

Your Gift in Action

Sauda Ntakiteye, 44, from Tanzania, was diagnosed with HIV nine years ago. Sauda is not afraid to disclose her HIV status. She works with Concern and the district medical team to provide education and support to people in her community who have been diagnosed with HIV and are starting to take antiretroviral medicine. Now, she says, other people are disclosing their status in the community. “It gives us self-confidence and worth, and we hope it will help to prevent future infections. When people hide their status it makes it hard for them to access services which could help them.”