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 World AIDS Day



Questions & Answers

December 1, 2008 is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is a day set aside to bring attention to the serious health issue of HIV and AIDS – here in Canada and around the world. World AIDS Day helps to raise awareness and educate people about stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.

How much do you know about HIV and AIDS? Can you answer the following questions?

1. What is the international symbol of AIDS awareness?

A red ribbon.

2. What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. The HIV virus attacks the immune system.

A person with HIV can live a relatively normal life for many years. Gradually, however, the immune system of the HIV infected person is weakened and becomes vulnerable to infections and other diseases. At this stage, the person is said to have AIDS. 

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