If you have additional questions about HIV/AIDS, or would
like to speak to a counselor, please contact:
Baruch College Health Center
138 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
Baruch Counseling Center
137 East 25th Street (Annex building)
HIV/AIDS Information Outreach Project
New York City Department of Health AIDS Hotline
New York State AIDS Hotline
New York State HIV Counseling Hotline
New Jersey AIDS Hotline
World AIDS Day
What Is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day was first observed on December 1, 1988, after
an international summit of health ministers called for a new
spirit of social tolerance and a greater exchange of information
on HIV/AIDS. Observed annually on December 1, World AIDS Day
serves to strengthen global efforts to address the challenges
of the AIDS pandemic, which continues to spread throughout every
region of the world. In recognition of the growing complexities
of the HIV/AIDS global epidemic, UNAIDS was created in 1996 to
unite six global agencies in their repsonse to HIV/AIDS. Each
year, the American Association for World Health coordinates efforts
for World AIDS Day in the United States.
Why Should You Care?
The youth of the world are significantly infected and affected
by HIV/AIDS, as evidenced by these worldwide statistics:
- Young people under age 25 represent half (50%) of all new
HIV infection cases.
- Ten million people ages 15-24 are living with HIV/AIDS.
- Every minute, five young people are infected with HIV.
These numbers are alarming not only because of their magnitude,
but also because adequate information about HIV/AIDS has not
fully reached youth around the world, including young people
in the United States. Many young people with HIV today might
not have become infected if they had learned more about the dangers
of engaging in high-risk behaviors. As of 2000, 25% of teens
surveyed in the US falsely believed that HIV testing was standard
in routine exams, whereas fewer than one-third of sexually active
teens in the US ahve been tested for HIV.
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