Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
November 24, 2009

World AIDS Day – December 1

The AIDS pandemic left more than 33 million people infected worldwide and killed 2.1 million in 2007. In high-income countries like Canada, infection rates decreased between 1996 and 2000 but began to climb again in 2001. World AIDS Day aims to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage progress in its prevention and treatment.

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that infects the cells of the immune system. It weakens or destroys the cells of those affected, leaving them progressively more vulnerable to infection. At its most advanced stage, HIV infection becomes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). While HIV levels can be suppressed through highly active antiviral therapy (HAART), allowing the immune system to begin to repair itself, there is at this time no cure for HIV.

A number of events are held in Canada to mark World AIDS Day. If there is one in your area, you can join in. If not, you are invited to create your own.


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