World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero!

 Every year on December 1st, world communities unite in the fight against HIV/ AIDS. On this special day, we unite and show our support for those living with HIV/ AIDS and pay tribute to individuals who have died from this disease. Though countless medical advancements have been made to end this pandemic, approximately 25 million lives have been lost since 1981. Globally, roughly 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. Sadly, the incidences of new cases are on the rise.

So, what can I do on World AIDS Day?

  • Learn the facts about HIV/ AIDS!
    • HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that attacks the body's immune system — the body's defense against diseases.
    • HIV can be passed on through infected bodily fluids, most commonly through sex without a condom or sharing infected needles.
    • Over 90% of people with HIV were infected through sexual contact
    • You can now get tested for HIV using a saliva sample
    • HIV is not passed on through spitting, biting or sharing utensils
    • Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV
    • You can get the results of an HIV test in just 15-20 minutes
    • There is no vaccine and no cure for HIV
    • Are you HIV/ AIDS aware? Put your knowledge to the challenge, and try this quiz!
  • Put your knowledge into action!
    • Share your knowledge with friends, family members, and co-workers.
      • Get this vital information out into the community!
  • Start an event or campaign!
    • Host an event or campaign to generate funding for a local or national HIV/AIDS organization.

 Our goal is to develop a cure, and we need your help to reach this objective. So, show your support by wearing a red ribbon, which is a global symbol for HIV/AIDS awareness. Also, share your knowledge of HIV/AIDS in your community by hosting a health fair or youth summit. I encourage you to share your thoughts and stories. I can’t wait to read your posts!