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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) Invites Yahoo!'s Global Audience To Shine A Light On HIV/AIDS Epidemic On World AIDS Day


10/19/2005 5:12:20 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is working with Yahoo! to raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS crisis on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2004. People worldwide are encouraged to visit http://www.yahoo.com/ home page or go directly to http://www.lighttounite.org/ to light a virtual candle in recognition of people impacted by HIV and the global commitment to fight the epidemic. WHY: According to the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, AIDS has claimed more than 20 million lives worldwide since the first cases were diagnosed in 1981 -- 2.9 million in 2003 alone. It is estimated that more than 37 million people were infected with HIV in 2003. Sub-Saharan Africa is the worst-affected region, accounting for approximately two-thirds of all HIV-infected persons in the world. In the U.S., nearly 950,000 Americans are living with HIV, with 40,000 new infections every year. (1) VISUAL: The NBC Astrovision by Panasonic in New York's Times Square will broadcast the growing support on the "Light to Unite" global map every hour on the hour for three minutes from noon to midnight EST on Dec. 1. WHEN: Noon - Midnight Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004 WHERE: One Times Square New York City For more information, contact: David M. Rosen Katie Krome Bristol-Myers Squibb GolinHarris Cell Phone: 609-721-6155 Phone: 312-729-4452 Email: david.m.rosen@bms.com Email: kkrome@golinharris.com (1) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases "Facts and Figures" are available at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/aidsstat.htm

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

CONTACT: David M. Rosen of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cell Phone,+1-609-721-6155, Email, david.m.rosen@bms.com , or Katie Krome of GolinHarris,+1-312-729-4452, Email, kkrome@golinharris.com


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