On the occasion of World Aids Day on December 1, HSH Princess Stephanie, President of Fight Aids Monaco (FAM), and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, organizes together with her team several communication campaigns of prevention as well as fundraising events.
Thursday, November 28 – Third edition of “Test in the City”, an anonymous, rapid and free of charge screening test, will take place in the Jardins d’Apolline, 1 Promenade Honore II (previously called Ilot Rainier III). The Trod (fast diagnostic test), or TDR (Screening fast test) are a group of medical diagnostic elements used as a unit or in a short series allowing for a rapid result avoiding automatic procedures. This type of test enables the detection of antibodies anti-HIV-1 and anti-HIV-2 and may be done by non-medical personnel who were specially trained for it. The public is invited to participate in this unique operation in Monaco, in partnership with the Princes Grace Hospital and its Emergency Services, the Centre for Anonymous Screening as well as the Monegasque Red Cross.
Friday, November 29 – Third edition of the operation “Quilt”, an individual and collective artistic work that honours AIDS victims initiated in 1987 by the foundation “Names Project Aids Memorial Quilt”, to illustrate the ravages provoked by this illness. Each quilt is composed of eight fabrics sewn together over a surface of 4 x 4 m, each bearing the name of a victim, all created by personnel from FAM, most of them living with HIV. The quilts will be displayed on the square of the Oceanographic Museum at 13:00 Hs, and the public is invited to discover them. (On the photo the Quilt displayed in 2011.)
During the week of November 25 to Sunday, December 1, the campaign “Restaurateurs United” is taking place where the restaurants in the Principality are invited to include messages of prevention on their table settings, to offer a condom at coffee time, and support financially Fight Aids Monaco by making a donation to the association. This was a very creative initiative from restaurant/Gallery SEM-ART.
Sunday, December 1 – The sixth edition of the now famous FAM Auction in partnership with Barclays Monaco will take place at the Hotel Meridien Beach Plaza at 19:30, where more than 50 pieces (sculptures, paintings, photographs, lithographs) from known artists will be for sale under the expert hammer of Francois Tajan from Artcurial. The Master of Ceremonies will be no other than the celebrated TV personality Sebastien Folin.
The Summer Gala and the Auction are the two main annual events organized by Fight Aids Monaco to create awareness about their association, and raise the necessary funds to enable them to continue their unrelenting work bringing hope where there is suffering and combating prejudice and stigmatism with information.
According to the latest estimates from UNAIDS:
- There were 35.3 million people living with HIV in 2012, up from 29.4 million in 2001, the result of continuing new infections, people living longer with HIV, and general population growth.
- The global prevalence rate (the percent of people ages 15-49 who are infected) has levelled since 2001 and was 0.8% in 2012.
- 1.6 million people died of AIDS in 2012, a 30% decrease since 2005. Deaths have declined due in part to antiretroviral treatment (ART) scale-up. HIV is a leading cause of death worldwide and the number one cause of death in Africa.
- New HIV infections overall have declined by 33% since 2001 and, in 26 low- and middle-income countries, new infections have declined by 50% or more. Still, there were about 2.3 million new infections in 2012 or more than 6,300 new HIV infections per day.
- Most new infections are transmitted heterosexually, although risk factors vary. In some countries, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers are at significant risk.
- Although HIV testing capacity has increased over time, enabling more people to learn their HIV status, the majority of people with HIV are still unaware they are infected.