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Datebook: December 1 – AIDS Virus Officially Recognized 30 Years Ago

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Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The illness interferes with the immune system making people with AIDS much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections and tumors that do not affect people with working immune systems. This susceptibility gets worse as the disease continues. AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981 and its cause, HIV, identified in the early 1980s. In 2009, the World Health Organization estimated that there are 33.4 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, with 2.7 million new HIV infections per year and 2.0 million annual deaths due to AIDS. In 2007, UNAIDS estimated: 33.2 million people worldwide had AIDS that year; AIDS killed 2.1 million people in the course of that year, including 330,000 children, and 76% of those deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. According to UNAIDS 2009 report, worldwide some 60 million people have been infected since the start of the pandemic, with some 25 million deaths, and 14 million orphaned children in southern Africa alone.

It’s Thursday, December 1st

Hopkinsville’s Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, goes from Glass Avenue to Fifteenth, and is themed “Christmas Around the World.”

The Methodist Churches of Calloway County present a Live Nativity from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. See costumed re-enactors and live animals, including camels, portraying scenes inside the MSU Expo Center on College Farm Road. Admission and refreshments are free.

Paris Henry County Arts Council presents its 44th Annual Community Christmas Concert Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Scott Shepherd directs. Admission is free.

LBL’s Homeplace debuts “Civil War Comes to the Homeplace” from 10 to 4 Saturday. The living history farm moves forward in time to 1861 when families witnessed the building of Forts Henry and Donelson and Federal gunboats patrolling the rivers. Visit a Confederate encampment to see how civilian soldiers adapted to military routines.

Use wkms.org to send us your announcements and to see all the Holiday Programs on our schedule. Thanks!

 

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