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World AIDS Day 2014

World AIDS Day 2014

December 1st is World AIDS Day. The National AIDS
Commission (NAC), the National HIV Programme of the Ministry of Health and their
partner agencies invite you to become an interactive part of World AIDS Day 2014
activities. This year’s theme is: Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero
discrimination. Zero AIDS- related deaths.

HIV is now considered to be a concentrated epidemic in Belize. The recently completed
Modes of Transmission Study suggests that around 70% of new infections in 2014 will
occur in men and thus the shift of the response has now turned towards testing more
men.

Our most recent figures show that the total number of HIV cases has decreased and the
number of new HIV infections continues to decrease compared to what has been
documented in the past. The national initiative will be refocused on increased HIV
testing for men, the provision of condoms and also the creation of more treatment
options for Belize.

This year, the NAC, the Ministry of Health and their partners collaborated to design a
national campaign with the following key activities:

-A nationwide text-blast campaign aimed at raising funds for children with HIV
(Belize Bank a/c #: 695-116-4268) from Nov. 1st to Dec. 1st.

-An Art & Health Fair (at 8 locations countrywide) on Dec. 1st in order to
promote testing and information on multiple aspects of health.

-At the Art & Health Fair the public is invited to participate on our
commemorative HIV Graffiti mural.

-The launch of the NAC Gaming App on World AIDS Day 2014, which will be
available for download in early 2015, free of charge.

World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, decrease stigma and
discrimination, and improve education about HIV and AIDS. NAC has been serving
Belize through resource mobilization, research, and a coordinated approach to the
HIV/AIDS response for Belize since 2002. We are closing the gap but a gap still
remains.

Anyone can get HIV. Know your status. Get tested today.

For more Information Contact:
Dr. Marvin Manzanero
Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Programme
Ministry of Health
822-2325

 

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