World AIDS Day takes place each year on December 1st. The annual observation is held to bring attention to the global impact of HIV/AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it. More than 36 million people around the world are estimated to be living with HIV.
The theme for 2016 is Leadership. Commitment. Impact.. You can follow the conversation with these hashtags: #WAD2016 and #EndAIDS2030.
For more information on World AIDS Day visit aids.gov. You can also take a look at ASHA’s resources on HIV/AIDS, including:
- HIV testing
- Preventing HIV
- Living with HIV/AIDS
- Preventing HIV with PrEP: PrEP involves taking a pill once daily to prevent HIV infection in someone who is HIV-negative. When taken consistently, every day, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by more than 90%. Read more and find resources near you at sayyestoprep.org.
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