This post has been updated since it was first published.
We will be retweeting selected updates sent by @UNAIDS and other groups and luminaries during this time. A previous version of this incorrectly said we would be retweeting everything sent by @UNAIDS.
UNAIDS, based in Geneva, is formally known as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS. It advocates for action, resources and monitoring efforts to fight the virus. In addition to these efforts, the group leads #CrowdOutAIDS, an effort to get input from global youth about the AIDS fight.
“This has been a game-changing year. On World AIDS Day we are calling for international solidarity to begin the end of AIDS,” said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director. “This ‘takeover’ of The Washington Post Twitter account will help spread that message.”
This is a chance for UNAIDS to reach a bigger Twitter audience. and it's an opportunity to for us to connect our followers with an expert on an important story.
So if you follow us on Twitter, don't be surprised to see a series of retweets Thursday. And please let us know what you think here in the comments or on Twitter with #askthepost.
A final note: Our main Twitter feed always reflects important news from people beyond our reporters. If a hurricane approaches, for example, we will go to official sources for weather updates.
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