The first day of December has come to be known as World AIDS Day, when activists and health agencies make a special effort to increase awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are focusing on the need for testing among certain segments of the male African-American population. Read more about the "Testing Makes Us Stronger" campaign.
Last December, Plainfield was confronted with an unusual situation when an activist and health professional wanted to speak at a City Council meeting about HIV/AIDS, and the mayor asked for the camera to be turned off. Councilwoman Rebecca Williams responded by publishing on her blog the facts the mayor apparently did not want to face. See Plaintalker's commentary here.
Please take a look at this United Nations advisory on the "Getting to Zero" campaign.