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December 1, 2018, marks the 30th annual World AIDS Day. For three decades, this day has united people around the world in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and AIDS. World AIDS Day encourages support for those living with HIV and remembrance for those who have died of AIDS-related illnesses. While HIV is declining overall in the United States, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and one in seven don’t know it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone in the United States aged 13-64 get tested at least once as part of routine medical care. People at high risk for HIV should get tested at least once a year. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner healthy.

Over the years, there have been significant advances in the treatment of HIV. Antiretroviral medications, when taken as prescribed, can reduce the virus to undetectable levels in the blood. Recent research has shown that those with undetectable levels of HIV in their blood are at very low risk of transmitting HIV sexually. Antiretrovirals can also reduce the risk of HIV-negative people becoming infected when taken as “Pre-exposure Prophylaxis” or PrEP. PrEP is taken daily to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.

It is clear that HIV treatment now enables people to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives. While these accomplishments should be recognized and celebrated, stigma and discrimination remain pervasive in the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS. The harmful effects of stigma and discrimination impact the emotional well-being and mental health of those infected, as well as hinder testing, treatment and other prevention efforts for those not aware of their status. Fear of stigma may prevent an HIV-positive individual from obtaining the essential medical care that he or she needs and those at risk from seeking testing. Fighting HIV-related stigma and discrimination is as important as ever.

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In 2015, global leaders signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals, with the aim to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. The UHC framework now lies at the centre of all health programmes.

To complement the global World AIDS Day 2017 campaign which promotes the theme “Right to health”, the World Health Organization will highlight the need for all 36.7 million people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage.

Under the slogan “Everybody counts”, WHO will advocate for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines, including medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities as well as health care services for all people in need, while also ensuring that they are protected against financial risks.

Key messages to achieve univeral health coverage

  • Leave no one behind.
  • HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis services are integrated.
  • High-quality services are available for those with HIV.
  • People living with HIV have access to affordable care.
  • The HIV response is robust and leads to stronger health systems

GLOBAL HIV STATISTICS

  • 19.5 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2016.
  • 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2016.
  • 1.8 million [1.6 million–2.1 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2016.
  • 1 million [830 000–1.2 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016.
  • 76.1 million [65.2 million–88.0 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
  • 35.0 million [28.9 million–41.5 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.
  • In 2016, there were 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people living with HIV.

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Kelly set a goal to raise $1000.00 for “Happiness House”. The walk was Saturday and between Kelly’s Team, Kate’s Team and Nikki’s Team- they reached that goal. Happiness House has helped Harley a lot…Great Cause!

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Kelly will be doing this walk- if you would like to walk or donate, look for Team Storm to donate (not up yet-keep checking) or contact Kelly.

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Joe is in critical condition (though a small improvement tonight). We need a miracle and can only get there through prayer, hope and belief.

Update: He fighting- let’s send cards for encouragement & support!

Joe & Debby Summa

14013 Clarendon Point Ct.

Huntersville, NC 28078

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Chai is at peace now—free from suffering at the hands of the zoo industry. At 37, Chai would have been at the prime of her life in the wild, and still bearing calves, but Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) and now the Oklahoma City Zoo (OKC Zoo) bear the responsibility of another elephant dying prematurely. Chai’s life was filled with trauma, starting with being ripped from her mother at only one-year-old. She was beaten at Dickerson Park Zoo, suffered the heartbreak of losing her daughter, Hansa (6), and endured 112 invasive artificial inseminations. WPZ went against science and the will of the vast majority of Seattle residents by moving Chai (and Bamboo) to the OKC Zoo, another inadequate zoo devoid of any quality of life, rather than retiring her to sanctuary. Zoos must stop incarcerating and breeding elephants into a life sentence of misery. DO NOT GO TO ZOO’S OR CIRCUSES that have elephants- they have a right to freedom.

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untitledWorld AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

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Joshua Culver’s squadron is trying to do a bunch of things to make the holidays special for the guys. One of those things is sending cookies!!! We have a goal of getting 340 dozen cookies over there for them. There are about 300 guys in the squadron, and we’d like there to be plenty for them to eat throughout the week of Christmas 🙂

If you’d like to contribute, please mail homemade cookies to this address:
Sgt. Major Misitupa Tueichi (S-1)
SPMAGTF VMM-261
UNIT 34069
FPO AE 09510-4069

Write ‘VMM-261 Operation Cookie Drop’ on the box. You would want to use a priority flat rate box. Cookies would need to be in the mail no later than Dec 6th.

Karen is in and the Scutella’s are in…will you join us! The Carroll’s are in! Sylvia is in, Sue DiSanto and family are in!

Let’s knock the socks off this with DiSanto giving!

(This is a great way to use your Christmas jar- ingredients and postage).

Just a thought- we are going to make rice crispy treats and bar cookies so they won’t end up as crumbs- think sturdy!

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Yesterday Delaney’s soccer team participated in a breast cancer walk. Two of her teammates grandmothers just recovered from breast cancer. It was cold and snowed a little but it was fun and they got in a 3 mile walk!

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Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy,
productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves
out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest
resources have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
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