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Stop AIDS, Keep The Promise

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
UNAIDS took the lead on World AIDS Day campaigning from its creation until 2004. From 2004 onwards the World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee began selecting a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with civil society, organisations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response.
Themes run for one or two years and are not just specific to World AIDS Day. Campaigning slogans such as ‘Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise’ have been used year round to hold governments accountable for their HIV and AIDS related commitments.

The Pictures were taken by me, but edited on the World aids day official website [worldaidscampaign.org].

Actually this day is very important and sentimental to me. I think everyone, even being married, divorced, single or alone by his own, cannot be different to know about how many people that have this disease. Even if nowadays the knowledge for stop it is all over internet, books, schools, etc, there are many people that still get it. It is a major problem, and it is silent. I’m very afraid of it, and I’m aware of it as well, but we are never safe, you never know what you can get, even if you are healthy. I know many terrible stories that people that got it in the worse way possible, but I must not tell it.
So today I couldn’t go away, without my support to all those that fight for this illness, but not just for that, but for the stigma from people. It is really complicated. I’m sure in this very own website, there are people that have friends with this problem, or friends with friends with it.
My simple gesture is just to not make this day be just like any other, but remember all those who passed away with it, and to all those that still keep this life the best and happiest possible.
Stop aids, Keep the promise!

Taken with Nikon D3000

Taken with Nokia 5530

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    • # Marsha

      Excellent post, Ricky....a message worth repeating again and again....

      2010.12.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kate

      Great idea to encourage our awareness - great post and message

      2010.12.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ray

      I love your involvement in such issues. And particularly at your young age. In that sense, you are a role model for other young adults to follow and an inspiration for all receiving your message. Great post, great message.

      2010.12.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Redro

      Your images could make great posters, and clearly it's more than just artistic realization because it's done with your heart.
      People should never discriminate, as everybody is at risk of AIDS. When they will be more responsible they will become more involved in the fight against it.
      We don't need more victims or somebody close to us to be affected by AIDS to understand this tragedy of millions of people ...Yes, be aware...and be well !

      2010.12.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brenda Nelson

      Great message in photos, Ricky. I worry about the children in Kenya that we sponsor through World Vision - AIDS is such a killer of their parents' generation! Maybe education will turn their lives around to a more hopeful future!

      2010.11.30 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kelly

      Nice post for the Dec 1st date Ricky....it is very important to be aware, educate and protect oneself...not to judge and remember those who have battled and lost to this terrible disease.

      2010.11.30 Edited Reply Cancel