Office of the Mayor
World AIDS Day
December 1, 2013
WHEREAS, World AIDS Day began on December 1, 1988, with the goal of raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education about HIV/AIDS; and
WHEREAS, World AIDS Day continues to be an important way to celebrate the extraordinary advances we have made in the battle against HIV and AIDS, and to remind Phoenix residents and people everywhere that HIV has not gone away and that much more has yet to be done; and
WHEREAS, globally, more than 25 million people have died from AIDS, and more than 33 million people are living with HIV. Though the death rate from this disease is slowly declining, millions have died from this disease and millions more are still at risk; and
WHEREAS, every 9.5 minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV; and
WHEREAS, Arizona has over 15,000 people infected with HIV and an estimated 3,750 Arizonans are HIV Positive and are unaware of their status; and
WHEREAS, women and children around the world are particularly vulnerable due to gender inequalities, gaps in access to services and increases in sexual violence;
WHEREAS, expanded access to HIV testing, diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the suffering from this entirely preventable disease; and
WHEREAS, the theme for World AIDS Day 2013, "Getting to Zero," reminds us that we are striving for zero new HIV infections; zero discrimination; and, zero AIDS related deaths.
THEREFORE, I, Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, hereby declare December 1, 2013 as
World AIDS Day
in the City of Phoenix and that the City will observe World AIDS Day by hanging a banner from Phoenix City Hall on November 25, 2013 to promote HIV/AIDS awareness. I urge all citizens to take part in activities and observances designed to increase awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS as a global challenge, to take part in HIV/AIDS prevention activities and programs, and to join the global effort to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS.
DONE this 24th day of September, 2013.