Celebs unite for World AIDS Day

It’s not every day you’ll see Elizabeth Taylor, Will Smith, Elton John, and Nelson Mandela teaming up on a single project, but Dec. 1, of course, isn’t just any day — it’s World AIDS Day. And that’s why the aforementioned quartet, along with Sharon Stone, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, and prominent AIDS activists and doctors, are all appearing in a new ad campaign from designer Kenneth Cole to raise awareness of the global epidemic. Cole says he hopes the campaign helps remove some of the stigma surrounding the disease that still keeps people from getting tested and treated, and with an attention-grabbing Web site and tagline ”We all have AIDS,” PopWatch sincerely hopes they succeed.

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  • Harry

    I’ve noted the passing of this date in the past, but it was never a big deal to me. I remember that Entertainment Weekly used to always have a set of pages remember the actors, directors, writers, make-up artists, technicians, and others in show biz who had died from AIDS in the past year. I would always make an effort to go through and read each name, and think for a moment what we would miss from each person; what future art that we will never see because their life was cut in half. EW quit the practice a few years ago when death rates plunged due to the new medications. I think they should bring it back, if only to show that AIDS has not ended.
    Since it is World AIDS Day, now would be a great time to join the World Community Grid program FightAIDS@Home. It uses your spare computer cycles (when the screen saver is on) to help find new AIDS drugs.
    Check out: http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/help/viewTopic.do?shortName=faah
    I also have info on my blog about it:
    http://immune.blogposse.com/2005/11/22/fight-aids-with-your-pc/

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