Celebrate World AIDS Day!

Every year on December 1st the world unites to celebrate World AIDS Day. This global health day dates back to when it was founded in 1988 and is used to raise awareness of the fight against HIV, support those living with the illness, and honor those who have lost their lives to it.

Why Is World AIDS Day Important?

That’s a great question! What many people don’t realize is despite all the scientific progress that has been made in understanding and fighting HIV, there is still much more to be done. In fact, it is estimated that more than 38 million people across the world are currently living with HIV. That number doesn’t even include the tens of millions of people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

World AIDS Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements that have been made, but it also serves as a reminder that the battle against HIV is far from over.

How Can I Get Involved?

This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”, which means we all have a role to play in keeping the fight alive. If you would like to get involved, there are many things you can do to show your support, such as:

  • Buy a red ribbon to show support for those living with HIV
  • Fundraise money
  • Donate to an AIDS charity
  • Get tested
  • Attend a candlelight vigil
  • Increase awareness by educating those around you

World AIDS Day may only be once a year, but every day is a day we fight against HIV. If you would like to learn more about this illness and what you can do, visit worldaidsday.org.

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