World AIDS Day: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

The fight for AIDS is still a very large battle that affects people around the world. This infectious disease rips the lives away of many we love and it is a terrible way to leave this earth. Just because you might not personally know someone who has died or is living with this disease does not make it go away. HIV/AIDS is a REALITY.

Today marks World AIDS Day…it is a day to remember those we have lost and those living with this disease.

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day back in 1988 – it is celebrated each year on December 1st.

Over one million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS and it is estimated that over 33 million are living with this disease worldwide.

There are over 80,000 people living with HIV/AIDS the United Kingdom (UK)  – read some of their stories at: www.worldaidsday.org

“World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.” — http://www.hhs.gov

Take Action

There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:

  • get tested for HIV
  • practice safer methods to prevent HIV
  • decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
  • talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
  • provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • get involved with or host an event for World AIDS Day in your community

Resources

Put on your Red Ribbon today and take action!

Written by: Tristan

 

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