Announcement! Photo exhibition ‘Stars against AIDS’ on World AIDS DAY

On December 1, World AIDS Day, the unique project ‘Stars against AIDS’ opens in the Rudomino All-Russian State Library of Foreign Literature.


The photography exhibit of the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS/HIV (UNAIDS) has gathered like-minded supporters - 25 actresses, journalists, editors, singers, sportswomen and other well-known women of Russia and Ukraine - under one principle: the health and future of the nation is important to them. They all believe it is their duty to loudly and openly speak of tolerance and reduce the stigma for people living with HIV. For them, it is significant that today Russia and Ukraine lead Europe in the number of newly registered cases of HIV-infection. They are disturbed that the epidemic has acquired a “female face”. In 2007, in Russia 44% of all new cases of HIV-infection were women.


Panoramic portraits for the "Stars against AIDS" project were made by well-known photographer Serge Golovach. Among participants in the project were Marina Aleksandrova, Dina Korzun, Diana Gurtskaya, Elena Khanga, Tatiana Mitkova, Svetlana Khorkina, Svetlana Zakharova and others.


December 1, 2008, marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is “Lead – Empower – Deliver”, building on last year’s theme of “Take the Lead”. Designating leadership as the World AIDS Day theme for 2007 – 2008 provides an opportunity to highlight the political leadership needed to fulfill commitments that have been made in the response to AIDS – particularly the promise undertaken by the countries that participated in the General Assembly of the UN in 2005 to ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010.


Special quests at the opening are Lyudmilla Ulitskaya, writer, Diana Gurtskaya, singer, representatives of the nonprofit organization “Phoenix +” the Red Ribbon award winner from the town of Orel and Serge Golovach, photographer.


The exhibition will run from December 1 to 14, 2008.


The exhibition opening takes place in the White Hall of the All-Russian State Library of Foreign Literature at 17.00 (Nikoloyamskaya ul, d. 1).


For additional information contact Anna Chernyakhovskaya,

Strategic Communications, Partnership and Advocacy Adviser UNAIDS, , 232 55 99, 8 916 248 9512 495-915-35-17