World AIDS Day in Vermont – 2009

This World AIDS Day, Vermont CARES, along with other advocacy organizations and millions of individuals around the world, is pausing to reflect on the human toll of HIV and AIDS. We are more than 25 years into this pandemic, and there is no cure and no viable vaccine, and treatment remains challenging. Prevention is still the most effective tool we have.

HIV and AIDS have changed the lives and histories of so many people, families, and communities. HIV continues to affect us all. We invite you, on this solemn and reflective day, to pause with us to think of those we’ve lost and those we care for.

The global theme of World AIDS Day this year is “Universal Access and Human Rights.” By this, we mean that all people deserve equal access to HIV prevention and testing, to treatment, and to care and compassion. Viewing HIV through the lens of human rights, we advocate also for humane policy and laws to guide counseling, testing, and treatment rather than persecute people living with this virus.

In Vermont, our local perspective remains a consistent message to get tested, and to encourage those you know who are at risk or living with HIV to access the services they need. We have organized information tables and events around the state to call attention to local HIV/AIDS programs, and we encourage you and others to participate or learn more. www.vtcares.org

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