- Worldwide, almost half of all new infections occur in young people under age 25.
- In the United States, the rate of new infections among young men of color who have sex with men has almost doubled since 2001.
- Of the 11.8 million HIV-infected youth worldwide, over seven million are female.
- Less than one-third of young people worldwide know how to protect themselves from HIV.
This year for World AIDS Day, Advocates for Youth, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and SIECUS have organized a petition campaign and blog-a-thon on the Amplify website.
From now through December 6th, you can sign the online petition asking President Obama to create an Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief that provide the best and most comprehensive services and information to young people worldwide. Our country's HIV/AIDS policy must respect the inherent worth and dignity of those who receive our support by giving them the resources they need to lead whole and healthy lives.
Sign the petition, and check out the blog-a-thon today!
There are many ways that you can commemorate World AIDS Day, including learning more about HIV/AIDS issues in your area and around the world. Unitarian Universalists across the United States and Canada are powerful advocates and educators with the UU Global AIDS Coalition.
Find out what's happening in your own community for World AIDS Day here.