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World AIDS Day Dec. 1

November 22, 2011

The AIDS epidemic has created tremendous repercussions for the world -- in Africa alone, there are over 14 million AIDS orphans, and worldwide an estimated 33.4 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and suffering physically, emotionally and psychologically from this epidemic.

Efforts to increase awareness about HIV are vitally important.  One in five of those with HIV are unaware of their infections.Wednesday, December 1
6-7:30 p.m.
Durrell Center
Red Carpet Room

World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil

World AIDS Day is celebrated on Dec. 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and is a key opportunity to raise awareness and to commemorate those who have died.

Please join us for a night to remember all of those who have died from and continue to struggle with HIV/AIDS.

Overview of HIV/AIDS facts

  • Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. (an estimated 1,178,350 adults and adolescents), and one in five of those (20 percent) are unaware of their infections.
  • Despite increases in the total number of people living with HIV in the U.S. in recent years, the annual number of new infections has remained relatively stable overall.
  • However, HIV infections continue at far too high a level, with approximately 50,000 Americans becoming newly infected with HIV each year.
  • More than 16,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the U.S.

For more information on this event, please contact Shauna DeLuca in International Education at (970) 491-5917 or

Contact: Shauna DeLuca
Phone: (970) 491-5917