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December 1 Is World AIDS Day

By Lisa Pickoff-White

November 29 - Globally more than 40 million people now have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to this year’s annual United Nations report. More than 3 million people died from AIDS in 2004, and around 5 million were infected with HIV. To raise awareness, the World Health Organization declared Dec. 1 World AIDS Day. This year’s theme -- “Stop AIDS. Keep the promise.” -- calls on individuals and policy-makers to fight against HIV and AIDS.

There are several National Academies reports on AIDS and HIV. Public Financing and Delivery of HIV/AIDS Care: Securing the Legacy of Ryan White examines the current standard of care for HIV patients and recommends an expanded federal program for the treatment of individuals with HIV, administered at the state level. Scaling Up Treatment for the Global AIDS Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities outlines steps necessary to implement a rapid "scale-up" of antiretroviral therapy initiatives to meet larger needs of resource-poor countries heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS. Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to the Human Resource Crisis in HIV/AIDS explores potential strategies for mobilizing U.S. health personnel and technical experts to assist in the battle against HIV/AIDS in 15 African, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian countries highly affected by the disease.

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