World AIDS Day: Another Year
Did you know that in 1988 that the World Health Organization (WHO) was the one who created World AIDS Day? So that everyone can raise awareness in solidarity around the world about all the millions of lives that were lost and also celebrate those who are still living and fighting each year.1
40 years of remembering
It has been just over 40 years since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Many lives were lost, and the people who were there in the 80s and 90s still hold survivors' regret. The pain of losing so many people that were close to you and losing count of them dying so rapidly. It is something that I cannot imagine.
In my opinion, it was one of the scariest public health issues that the world had to deal with and is still dealing with today. Even with all the awareness out there from year to year, we still cannot get people to listen about the importance of getting tested, and using some of the many precautions to prevent contracting HIV.
Coming together today and everyday
These awareness days on HIV should not be the only time the world comes together to reach its communities. Of course, we want to remember every person who lost their battle fighting to live, but we surely must work harder than ever every day to remind folks about the part they play in HIV.
It not only affects the people who are living with HIV, but affects all people no matter who they are. Often, I ask myself when will they get it, but also wonder if the transmission of HIV will ever end or even slow down.
How does HIV impact your life? (Check all that apply)
What does "doing your part" look like to you?
Doing your part will really help by going deep into your neighborhood and talking to people. Having events and talking to people one-on-one to educate them. There are a lot of creative ways to get people's attention where you live.
The World AIDS Day theme last year was "global responsibility, shared responsibility." What does this mean to me? It means we all have a responsibility together to educate about HIV worldwide because it does not just affect one person.
We are all affected by HIV and have been for 40 years. Working together is the only way to reach all people across the globe. One voice can make a difference, but many voices can provoke a huge change in helping to lessen the transmission of HIV and reaching the people who need it the most.
Speak up, educate, advocate
There is an advocate I know named Melvin Wright who does a lot in his community and created a t-shirt that says, "Every day is World AIDS Day." He is absolutely right! The thing about that is he is not living with HIV, but supports us all because he had family members pass away. He is an example of love for his community in every way possible and despite what people think he continues to speak up and educate.
All of you remember the fight is not over until it is over.
How do you commemorate World AIDS Day? What does this day mean to you? Share in the forums!
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