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Comoros

Scott number unknown

The first is from a larger sheet of 2008 Nobel Prize winners. This stamp features Francoise Barre-Sinoussi who, along with Luc Montagnier, were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine for their role in identifying the HIV virus. The top-left of the stamp also pictures what I believe may be an HIV virus, but I'm not sure. The fellow in the first stamp (click on the image to see it) discovered another virus, so it's possible the top-left virus is his discovery. I won't know for sure until I get a copy of this sheet and read the writing.

The second is a souvenir sheet with Luc Montagnier and an HIV virus in the upper-left. There's also a large block of text in the upper-right but as of yet I have been unable to read it.

Guinea-Bissau

Scott number unknown

An interesting set of stamps, of which includes an AIDS virus and ribbon. I have my doubts of the legality of these stamps and am currently investigating whether they are legally authorized.

Macedonia

Scott RA150

Sao Tome and Principe (St. Thomas)

Scott number unknown

St. Thomas has been very into making AIDS stamps over the past few years. Either their postal service is particularly with it, or someone (authorized or not) has figured out that AIDS stamps are collected by many. I remain suspicious that this may not be a valid stamp but have no proof one way or the other.

Tanzania

Scott 2535a-b

This is similar to another sheet from Ghana.

United Nations

Scott 995f (NYC), 505f (Geneva), 457f (Vienna)

These sheets were released to promote the UN Millenium Development Goals. The second image is a close-up of the icon on the AIDS stamp with interesting accompanying text.

The text on these stamp sheets was written by UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon and reads (in English, German, or French depending on the sheet):

"Eradicating extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges of our time, and is a major concern of the international community. Ending this scourge will require the combined efforts of all, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, in the context of a stronger and more effective global partnership for development. The Millennium Development Goals set time-bound targets, by which progress in reducing income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion -- while promoting gender equality, health, education and environmental sustainability -- can be measured. They also embody basic human rights -- the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. The Goals are ambitious but feasible and, together with the comprehensive United Nations development agenda, set the course for the world's efforts to alleviate extreme poverty by 2015."

The above Scott #'s refer to the individual AIDS stamp on each sheet (the one with the medicine bottle). There is no Scott # for the sheets as a whole.




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