This Sunday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day.
Those of you who were teens or adults in the 1980’ and 1990’s, remember how AIDS was a dominant force in the culture and media? AIDS in the news almost daily….plots and storylines in movies and television shows. Fundraisers, awareness campaigns.
Attention to HIV/AIDS has hardly gone away but I don’t think we hear as much about it these days. That’s a shame, because we have a great deal of work to do! CDC estimates there are over 1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS, and roughly 20% of them don’t know they have the virus. Knowing your status is key, because treatments are more effective the earlier they are started.
There's a real social justice angle to HIV - not only do the poor bear a heavy burden of HIV infections, they have a much more difficult time obtaining medical care, stable housing, and the good nutrition that are so critical after diagnosis. And as far as we have come stigma and discrimination are still very much a part of the HIV/AIDS landscape.
Take a look at our World AIDS Day landing page to learn more, including a quick search to find a test site.
Let’s remember everyone we’ve lost to AIDS and let’s not become complacent. Speak up. Speak out. Get tested. Get informed.
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