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Today is World AIDS Day, the day the world shows solidarity with people living with HIV and AIDS

By Andrea Zeelie-Varga, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year – it was first celebrated in 1988 and was the first ever global health day. The past few years have focused on the theme Getting To Zero: zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

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We've made incredible strides in the fight against HIV. But it is not over, not yet. There is still no vaccine and no cure, and people living with HIV still face discrimination.

Canada is one of a handful of countries with the intellectual capital, infrastructure, and resources to make a significant difference in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) is Canada's only independent charitable foundation dedicated to eliminating AIDS through research. Notable breakthroughs by CANFAR-funded researchers include a key component of the drug treatment that is keeping many people alive today, and findings that have nearly eliminated the risk of HIV transmission between a mother and her baby.

CANFAR's tech-savvy, youth-friendly campaign Kisses 4 CANFAR aims to help young Canadians tackle misconceptions about the disease. Kisses 4 CANFAR is a national movement that creates an ongoing dialogue about HIV and AIDS, prevention, and stigma reduction.

CANFAR is encouraging people to take a pledge and make a personal commitment to kissing HIV and AIDS goodbye!

The pledge card is formatted for the most popular social media platforms (Facebook., Twitter and Instagram) and is also available in a print-ready format. Pledges are shared online with #kisses4CANFAR and #WAD2014 (and also for #GivingTuesday2014!)

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Join us and visit kisses4canfar.com/pledge to make your promise this World AIDS Day.

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