Greater Than AIDS
In order to raise awareness and fight the AIDS epidemic alongside the NBA Family, the Lakers will on Wednesday wear special red and white shooting shirts before and throughout the team's game at Houston.
December 1st marks World AIDS Day, and alongside sponsor Adidas the NBA is participating in a variety of collaborative efforts to generate not just awareness but funds directed towards HIV/AIDS education and research.
The Lakers own Pau Gasol -- along with Atlanta's Al Horford, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and WNBA star Candice Wiggins -- will be featured in a new national PSA for the Greater Than AIDS campaign that debuts on Wednesday.
"As an 11-year-old boy living in Barcelona, the news that Magic Johnson was HIV positive deeply impacted me," said Gasol. "Today, as a professional basketball player, I am grateful to raise awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS in the hopes that we will soon find a cure for this devastating disease."
In addition to the shooting shirts that will be worn by all NBA teams, red and white headbands and wristband as well as special red ties will be made available.
About HIV/AIDS in the United States
Today in the United States, more than one million people are living with HIV or AIDS.
Every nine-and-a-half minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.
Black Americans have been severely and disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, accounting for more than half of all new infections.
One in five of the more than one million people in the United States living with HIV is unaware of their infection.
Thirty-three million people are living with HIV today.
More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.
Approximately 67% of people living with AIDS are in sub-Saharan Africa.