Events are planned internationally tomorrow to mark World AIDS Day.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson heads an 80-member delegation visiting hard-hit Africa. The U-N says the epidemic is rampant in sub-Saharan regions in Africa. The delegation is urging African leaders to increase awareness of the deadly virus.
The U-N says this year has seen more death and infection from AIDS than ever before, with three (m) million people killed and five (m) million more infected.
Candlelight vigils are planned, along with educational seminars and torchlight parades. Cricket players throughout the world will be wearing red ribbons to show support for AIDS victims.
Pope John Paul today offered a special prayer for AIDS victims as well as their care-givers.