Today is World AIDS Day and Starbucks is donating 5 cents from every beverage it sells today to fight AIDS. I’ve seen some blogs saying it’s a tiny amount and a scam and not to support Starbucks, but I think anything that can help people with AIDS and fund a cure is a good thing.
So thank you Starbucks and I urge the bloggers telling folks not to support Starbucks to stop hating.
World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day.
World AIDS Day was the brainchild of Jonathan Mann, director of the Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) at the World Health Organization (WHO). The concept of a World AIDS Day was supported at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and by the Fourth International AIDS Conference in 1988. WHO declared December 1, 1988 as the first World AIDS Day. The United Nations General Assembly formally recognized the event in October 1988. Since then, the event has been taken up by governments, international organizations and charities around the world.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational in 1996, and it took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day. Rather than focus on a single day, UNAIDS created the World AIDS Campaign in 1997 to focus on year-round communications, prevention and education.
In its first two years, the theme of World AIDS Day focused on children and young people. These themes were strongly criticized at the time for ignoring the fact that people of all ages may become infected with HIV and suffer from AIDS.But the themes drew attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, helped alleviate some of the stigma surrounding the disease, and helped boost recognition of the problem as a family disease.
In 2004, the World AIDS Campaign became an independent organization.
You can learn more on the US Gov’s site for World AIDS Day. And please donate if you’ve got a few extra dollars or stop by a Starbucks or any other business that supports World AIDS Day.