World AIDS Day 2008

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of HIV/AIDS Policy’s is recognizing the 20th annual World AIDS Day. The focus is on reducing HIV/AIDS-related stigma and promoting HIV testing through blogs, virtual worlds, and social networks. This World AIDS Day also marks the second anniversary of which provides access to Federal HIV/AIDS information through a variety of new media channels, and supports the use of new media tools by Federal and community partners to improve domestic HIV programs serving minority and other communities most at-risk for, or living with, HIV. Access to U.S. Government HIV / AIDS information

Visit Access to U.S. Government HIV/AIDS information.

The site suggests four ways to take action to reduce the stigma around HIV/AIDS by using blogs, podcasts and RSS feeds Facebook, Flickr, mashups and other social networking tools to remind people that HIV/AIDS is still a critical issue in the U.S. and around the world, and to promote HIV testing.

Take a picture of yourself wearing a red ribbon

Add the photo to your social network profiles on Dec 1

Add your photo to the “World AIDS Day 08” Flickr group

Encourage your friends to do the same and to promote HIV testing

The site also notes that Second Life World AIDS Day is celebrating World AIDS Day with the opening a new island named Karuna that will be open to the public today.

The BLS Library has several related items for further reading including AIDS and the Law, David W. Webber, editor (Call # KF3803.A54 A915 2007);

Victimizing Vulnerable Groups: Images of Unique High-risk Crime Targets, Charisse Tia Maria Coston editor (Call # HV6250.25 .V535 2004); and

AIDS and the Sexuality of Law: Ironic

Jurisprudence by Joe Rollins (Call # KF3803.A54 R65 2004).