About World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is recognized each year on December 1. It is a time to honor those who have been lost to AIDS. It is a reminder that we must do more to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS individually and as a community.
The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is "Universal Access and Human Rights." The fight against HIV/AIDS has come a long way since the early 1980's when the disease was believed to be one that only homosexuals carried. Fast-forward to today where there is an entire day dedicated to promoting awareness, improving education and fighting the prejudice related to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
President Obama recently signed the Ryan White Care Act, which places a new emphasis on testing and calls for 5 Million HIV tests annually. Ryan White was an Indiana teenage hemophiliac who became infected with HIV after receiving a contaminated blood treatment. The President also lifted the 22-year ban on travel to the U.S. by persons infected with HIV or those living with AIDS.
Find out more about World AIDS Day at www.worldaidsday.org.
About Chuck Panozzo
Chuck Panozzo (born Charles Salvatore Panozzo, on September 20, 1948, in Chicago) is a bass player. A longtime member of the rock band Styx, he founded the group with his fraternal twin brother, drummer John Panozzo. They recorded such hit singles as "Lady," "Come Sail Away," "Babe," "The Best of Times," "Too Much Time on My Hands" and "Mr. Roboto." Chuck Panozzo continues to tour with Styx on a regular basis.
In 2001, Panozzo announced he was gay and living with HIV, and has been involved in campaigning for AIDS awareness and gay rights. The following year he released his autobiography The Grand Illusion: Love, Lies, and My Life with Styx.
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