December 1, 2013: World AIDS Day

WHEREAS, worldwide, approximately 35.3 million people are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/AIDS with Sub-Saharan Africa being the most affected region, and as of October 2013, 19,800 citizens in Michigan were estimated to be living with the virus; and,

WHEREAS, the global spread of HIV infection and AIDS necessitates a worldwide effort to increase communication, education and action to stop the further spread of this virus, one of the most destructive pandemics in history; and,

WHEREAS, since 1988, World AIDS Day has served as an opportunity to encourage citizens to learn the facts about HIV/AIDS and to turn that knowledge into action; and,

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, Getting to Zero, serves as a focus point for zero new HIV infections; zero discrimination; and zero AIDS related deaths; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan remains a national leader and committed to exemplary prevention strategies and comprehensive, compassionate care to those living with HIV and AIDS; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health and citizens around the world to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS; as we encourage all citizens to learn more about HIV/AIDS transmission, treatment and prevention, we also remember the millions who have died as a result of HIV/AIDS.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2013 as World AIDS Day in Michigan.