Show Support for World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day

Since 1988, December 1st has been the day that the world takes the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS by showing support for those living with HIV, and remembering those who have died.

Globally, there are an estimated 33.3 million people living with HIV. Since the first cases were reported in 1981, 25 million people have died due to HIV/AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

In the United States, Every 9.5 minutes, someone is infected with HIV. That is very hard to imagine, but according to a recent study, one in five (21%) people infected with HIV are unaware of their infection.

Prevention is a crucial step to reducing the fight against HIV. Preventing HIV can mean practicing safer sex, safer drug use (although it’s illegal), HIV testing to prevent transfer during pregnancy, and safety while working in healthcare facilities.

You can show your support of those living with HIV/AIDS on World Aids Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness.

This virus knows no boundaries and I encourage everyone to get tested. Visit the HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator to find a testing facility near you. To learn more about HIV/AIDS visit AIDS.GOV