It is December 1, yet again, and that means one thing: World AIDS Day. The day when people across the world come together in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to support those who are living with HIV/AIDS and to remember and commemorate those who have lost the fight.
Between 1981 and 2007 more than 25 million people have died from this disease and while advances in technology have made it possible to live longer with the disease, it is more important than ever to spread awareness and actively fight against it.
This is not just another holiday, it is a day to bring awareness to a disease that affects everyone (even if you think you don’t know anyone with the disease). It is important to talk openly about it; if you’re not comfortable talking to your family, turn to someone who you are comfortable with. Open conversation can help to erase any stigmas attached to the disease and encourage people to practice safe sex.
But this is not the only day to be aware of this disease. If you know the history and details of HIV/AIDS, then share your knowledge. Throughout the year, there are many AIDS Walks around the country that serve the purpose of raising funds to help fight this disease and support those who live with it. If you need more info, you can visit HIVaware for an interactive way of expanding your knowledge and putting that knowledge into action.