World AIDS Day | How You Can Help Raise Awareness
World AIDS Day
For 33 years individuals around the world have united on December 1st for World AIDS Day. While no longer in the spotlight, it is important to know that AIDS is still prevalent today. In fact, according to hiv.gov, “Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today.” The numbers worldwide are staggering; about 38 million people are thought to be infected. On World Aids Day we show our support for those living with this illness and remember those who have lost their lives.
We are well aware that the LGBTQ community has been hard hit by this disease in the past and many of whom we love still suffer today. While we now know so much more about prevention, and treatment advances have been significant, it is as important as ever to make sure we continue to raise awareness and funds to further the fight against this disease.
While 2020 has certainly been a challenging year, World AIDS Day was once again recognized on December 1st. Events were held around the world including World AIDS Day – A National Conversation. This virtual program was broadcast on aidsmemorial.org.
Additionally, this year Dr. Anthony Fauci received a lifetime achievement award for his work on the AIDS virus. Sir Elton John, who established his own AIDS foundation in 1992, presented the award to him virtually
Finally, as you likely know, the red ribbon is the universal symbol of support for those with the AIDS virus. These ribbons have been visible at awards ceremonies, events, and workplaces. This year, because of COVID-19, the National Aids Trust, in the UK, created a Virtual Red Ribbon to be used electronically, to continue to raise awareness.
How You Can Help
While December 1st is officially World AIDS Day, you can offer your support throughout the year. Consider donating to one of the many charitable organizations, like Elton John’s foundation to help rid the world of the awful disease. Add a red ribbon lapel pin to your accessories to help raise awareness. Knowledge is power. Finally, offer your support to those you know who are affected by this illness. A little bit of kindness truly goes a long way to making one’s life, and the world, a better place.