December 1st is World AIDS Day every year, but 2006 should stand out with particular significance. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS. And it was also the year that Stephen Harper decided to snub the International AIDS Conference.
40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. An estimated 25 million have died from AIDS since 1981. There will have been another 2.9 million AIDS deaths by the end of 2006.
One might argue that the statistics speak for themselves, yet here we are 25 years into this epidemic with only a greater number of deaths to speak of. Please take a moment today to visit the sites for World AIDS Day 2006 or UNAIDS to find out more about what can be done.
ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) also has a list of events taking place today and in the near future.
Photo by Mute from the Torontoist + Flickr Group. These NSFW advertisements are also worth a look: here and here.