South Africa remembers lives lost to HIV/AIDS

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans on Monday began weeklong activities to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, raise awareness and mobilise community involvement in the fight against the incurable disease.
They have joined thousands of people around the world in the 18th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial to remember and honour those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, which is estimated to affect 36.
1 million people world-wide.
In South Africa, the activities will culminate with a day of prayer at Nasrec Expo Centre on 20 May as over 60 countries around the world simultaneously participate in the world's annual HIV/AIDS event.
This year's theme- One voice, Many Faces.
United for Life was created to embrace the different faces of the pandemic.
One voice- when we talk about HIV/AIDS, we express ourselves in millions of diverse voices.
Regardless of the voice, or language, we are One Voice of HIV/AIDS.
With the power of one, united voice, we can truly make a difference, not only locally but also globally.
Many faces- there is no singular face to HIV/AIDS, as the pandemic spares neither county nor community.
We must not focus solely on the disease, but on the faces of the people it affects.
United for life-With the strength of one voice and the experience of countless individuals we can join together and let the world know that the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS and those who have died of the disease are valued, priceless and irreplaceable.
Since 1983 the HIV/AIDS pandemic has killed more than 16 million lives world-wide.
The pandemic affects more than 25 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
As AIDS continues to ravage communities, the Candlelight Memorial has become a way for communities to publicly mourn loved ones lost to AIDS.
About 4.
7 million South Africans are currently living with HIV, which eventually causes the incurable AIDS.

14 may 2001 14:05:00

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