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December 01, 2008

Category: HIV & AIDS

World AIDS Day Challenge

Commemorate World AIDS Day by joining the World Community Grid Team Challenge.

On December 1, people around the globe commemorate World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. First held on December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During the last year, some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 years old and are killed by AIDS before they reach age 35.

At HRC, we are committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS. We invite you to join us in a most exciting opportunity - a World Community Grid Team Challenge to support HIV/AIDS and other research. So many of us who care about this too-long-unresolved epidemic are looking for ways we can address this crisis. By simply participating in the World Community Grid, you can help those doing critical research access the resources they need to do their work.

Grid computing joins together many individual computers, creating one of the world's largest "virtual supercomputers" with massive, fast computational power that far surpasses that of other stand-alone supercomputers. HRC has taken part in the World Community Grid since 2006. During that time, the HRC Team has contributed over 414 years of total run time, at a rank of 35 out of over 20,000 participating organizations. The HRC Team alone donates 160 days of humanitarian research per calendar day.

HRC is challenging all teams on the World Community Grid to increase their participation and grow the amount of Run Time, which can be translated into years of research time and donated to vital humanitarian research. This is an easy way to volunteer and a way to give back, at no cost, during the Holiday Season and on World AIDS Day.

Here's how it works:

What you need to do:

The World AIDS Day Challenge starts on December 1 and ends on December 31, 2008. Sign up right now and start making a difference! Get your friends and family members to join, too!

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