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. This year is the 30th anniversary of the observance of World AIDS Day.

We've made great strides in preventing infection and treating HIV/AIDS in recent years thanks to research and new medications, and people are living longer and healthier lives after being diagnosed. However, thousands of new infections still occur each year, and 1 million people die each year from AIDS because they didn't know they had HIV (1 in 4 people with HIV don't know they have it), or because they started treatment late.

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 30th World AIDS Day, please join us in honoring those we've lost and renewing our commitment to ending this health crisis. We encourage you to take part in local events and observances, support local, national and international 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 by Gary van der Merwe, cc by-sa 3.0; other elements in the public domain.]


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