Havana observes World AIDS Day
Dec. 1st is the official World AIDS Day. For the 2009 campaign, the theme is “Universal Access and Human Rights”. In the words of the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, “that means doing everything we can to support countries to reach their universal access goals for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support – all the while protecting and promoting human rights”. Data gathered until 2009 indicates that new HIV infections have been reduced by 17% since 2001. On the other hand, there are more people, about 33.4 million, living with HIV than ever before. Those two figures are probably related to the same cause: universalization – of prevention methods (which reduced the infections) and of treatment (which made people live longer).
On this Dec. 1st, the Havana Boys would like to commemorate World AIDS Day by reminding people of the importance of fighting both HIV and the prejudice around it. Actually, it is our belief that fighting prejudice also emcompasses giving the right information about it (and helping to prevent new infections) and recognizing the rights of those infected with HIV – the right to be treated and to fully participate in their communities.
It is just a small contribution, but a freebie by Havana will be given at three different parties in Second Life on this World AIDS Day. You can get your “Fight HIV & Prejudice Jeans” at the Sky Beach party, from 12 a.m to 2 p.m. SL time, at the 80’s in Undies Party, at Gay World, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. SL time, or, after that, at the Sky Ranch party, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (big thanks to Thorn Andel, the Sky Club owner, who had the idea of giving a freebie on this date).
As part of our observance of World AIDS Day and AIDS awareness, Havana will also be taking part in the Stamp Out AIDS hunt from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 (visit our store at The Gayborhood). Each of the 182 participating vendors will have a freebie in their shop; the giver is an AIDS ribbon with a spinning globe. Each vendor will also have a donation kiosk (a larger AIDS ribbon); all monies donated here will go to Bronx AIDS Services. The starting point for the hunt is here (ATTENTION: we have originally given the wrong slurl for the starting point; the slurl is correct now). Later, we will post further on the hunt and the Havana gift for it.