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World AIDS Day 2010

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More than 33 million people are living with HIV across the globe, according to UNAIDS, and more than 2 million of them are children.

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has fought to raise money and awareness about the epidemic, and the annual event continues to push for prevention and funding.

This year's theme—"Universal Access and Human Rights"—focuses on the protection of human rights as a fundamental way to fight HIV/AIDS.


The community weighs in on the state of the epidemic:

Kevin Fenton
Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS,
Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Paul Kawata
Executive Director, National Minority AIDS Council

Cornelius Baker
National Policy Advisor,
National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition

Naina Khanna
Director of Policy and Community Organizing,
Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD)

David Munar
Vice President, AIDS Foundation of Chicago


Key opinion leaders respond:

President Barack Obama:

"World AIDS Day serves as an important reminder that HIV/AIDS has not gone away. More than one million Americans currently live with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and more than 56,000 become infected each year. For too long, this epidemic has loomed over our Nation and our world, taking a devastating toll on some of the most vulnerable among us. On World AIDS Day, we mourn those we have lost and look to the promise of a brighter future and a world without HIV/AIDS."

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

"The Obama administration has made the fight against AIDS central to the Global Health Initiative, our commitment to strengthening global health systems and implementing sustainable solutions to improve the health of entire communities ... Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we are making smart investments that will ultimately help bring us closer to a world free of HIV/AIDS. We work with dedicated organizations and individuals every day to make this goal a reality."

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

"The U.S. has made enormous strides in its response to the HIV epidemic this year. In March, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, improving access to care and increasing opportunities for health and well-being for people with HIV. And in July, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy released its landmark 'National HIV/AIDS Strategy,' a roadmap for addressing the epidemic on multiple levels ... In September, HHS announced that CDC allocated $30 million of the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund to expand HIV prevention efforts under that strategy."

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U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby:

"For the U.S., our World AIDS Day theme this year is 'Smart Investments, Building on Success.' The smarter we are about the prevention, treatment and care we provide, the greater the number of lives saved. Our yardstick for measuring success is not dollars invested, but lives saved. Years of experience in the field have taught us how to better use every dollar invested in battling AIDS. These smart investments mean we are getting more value for our money - allowing us to do more on HIV/AIDS and the whole range of global health issues."

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Below are some of the happenings taking place across the globe:

Light for Rights
100 cities worldwide

World AIDS Day Observance
at the National AIDS Memorial Grove
San Francisco

The Salvation Army's Red Ballon Walk
Los Angeles

Candlelight Vigil

World of Chocolate

Sixth Annual World AIDS Day Gala Concert
Cape Town

Go to poz.com/calendar for more World AIDS Day events.


Click here to read our World AIDS Day 2010 insert for USA Today.


Light For Rights at Washington Square Park

24-Hour Vigil at City Hall Park

Protest at World AIDS Day Bagel Breakfast


The community addresses key topics:

Phill Wilson
President and CEO,
The Black AIDS Institute

Edwin Bernard
Author, HIV and the Criminal Law

Nigel Barker
Filmmaker, Generation Free


The year 2010 was a banner year for waging war on AIDS in America. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy was launched, needle exchange was approved, health care reform became law and the travel ban for HIV-positive people entering the United States was lifted.

To continue the momentum and to secure the funds required to successfully beat down AIDS, we need the bravest, most dogged and downright effective AIDS fighters we know. Meet the POZ 100.

The POZ 100 is listed in alphabetical order by last name:

1. David Acosta
2. Adaora Adimora, MPH
3. Randy Allgaier
4. Gerardo Angulo
5. Judy Auerbach, PhD
6. Dawn Averitt-Bridge
7. Cornelius Baker
8. John Barnes
9. David Barr
10. Jon Benorden
11. Seth Berkley, MD
12. Nancy Bernstine
13. Leigh Blake
14. Don Blanchon
15. Susan Blumenthal, MPA
16. Larry Bryant
17. Christine Campbell
18. Scott Campbell
19. Guillermo Chacon
20. Allan Clear
21. Chris Collins
22. Humberto Cruz
23. Julie Davids
24. Shawn Decker
25. Lynda Dee
26. Dazon Dixon Diallo, MPH
27. N.Y.S. Sen. Tom Duane
28. Gregory Edwards
29. Sergio Farfan
30. Kandy Ferree
31. C. Virginia Fields
32. Ingrid Floyd
33. Robert Foley
34. Anselmo Fonseca
35. Jane Fowler
36. Kevin Frost
37. Robert Fullilove, EdD
38. Bambi Gaddist, PhD
39. Ronda Goldfein, Esq.
40. Gregg Gonsalves
41. Robert Greenwald
42. Mondo Guerra
43. Rebecca Haag
44. Catherine Hanssens, Esq.
45. Mark Harrington
46. Marjorie Hill, PhD
47. Debra Hickman
48. Kathie Hiers
49. David Holtgrave, PhD
50. Ernest Hopkins
51. Mark Ishaug
52. Jeremiah Johnson
53. Ron Johnson
54. Fortunata Kasege
55. Paul Kawata
56. Naina Khanna
57. Reverend Charles King
58. Kate Krauss
59. James Krellenstein
60. Reverend Stacey Latimer
61. Jules Levin
62. Kali Lindsey
63. Nancy Mahon, Esq.
64. Marsha Martin
65. Terry McGovern
66. Jesse Milan Jr., JD
67. Daniel Montoya
68. David Munar
69. Patricia Nalls
70. Cathy Olufs
71. Tokes Osubu
72. Karen Pearl
73. Jim Pickett
74. Gina Quattrochi
75. Michael Emanuel Rajner
76. Sheryl Lee Ralph
77. Jose Ramirez
78. Susan Rodriguez
79. Francisco Ruiz
80. Eric Sawyer
81. Carl Schmid
82. Julie Scofield
83. Linda Scruggs
84. Pernessa C. Seele
85. Ron Simmons, PhD
86. Deborah Peterson Small
87. Wendy Stark
88. Valerie Stone, MPH
89. Steffanie Strathdee, PhD
90. Sean Strub
91. Tracy Swann
92. Donna Sweet, MACP
93. John Tedstrom
94. Adam Tenner
95. Ed Tepporn
96. Lance Toma
97. Nelson Vergel
98. Tom Viola
99. Mitchell Warren
100. Phill Wilson

Click here to read more about the POZ 100.

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