December 1st is World AIDS Day in the United States, and it’s a day for “people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.” World AIDS Day was founded in 1988, and was the first ever global health day.
There are an estimated 36.7 million people who have HIV globally, and more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS since being identified in 1984, “making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.”
While scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, and education about the disease has increased, many people still do not know how to protect themselves and others, and there is still stigma and discrimination against people living with the condition. World AIDS Day reminds the public and the government that there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education about HIV and AIDS.
You can show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on that day. You can also participate in fundraising, go to a World AIDS Day event, or host your own event. For more information, go to https://www.worldaidsday.org/.