Today is World AIDS Day

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A globe against a black background, overlaid with a red HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon and the words "World AIDS Day December 1st"Today is World AIDS Day, when people around the globe join together in the fight against AIDS and HIV infection. On December 1st each year, we remember those whose lives were cut short by AIDS and AIDS-related diseases and support those still living with the virus.

We've made great strides in preventing infection and treating HIV/AIDS in recent years, and people are living longer and healthier lives after being diagnosed. However, thousands of new infections still occur each year, and an estimated 36.7 million people worldwide have been infected with the virus. HIV disproportionately affects people of color—especially black people—due to racism, higher levels of poverty, stigma and lack of access to information and health care. Many people have not been tested for HIV or don't know how to protect themselves from infection, and discrimination against people living with the virus persists.

The fight against HIV/AIDS continues on multiple fronts. HIV has not gone away or been cured—we still need to raise money, increase public awareness, spread accurate information, fight against prejudice and advocate for effective policies and laws that will help move us closer to achieving a world without AIDS.

On this World AIDS Day, we encourage you to take part in local events, support local and national HIV/AIDS organizations and help spread awareness of this disease and its impact. Together, we can make a difference and end this deadly epidemic.

[Image by Mark Williams, cc by-sa 3.0; Red_Ribbon.svg by Gary van der Merwe, cc by-sa 3.0; other elements in the public domain.]


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