Thursday 1st December is World AIDS Day 2016, a day to raise awareness, educate, show support for people living with HIV, and commerorate those who have died.
HIV still exists in Australia and around the world; globally, there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus, and many lack HIV diagnosis and therefore go without treatment. While treatments for HIV have improved to the point where it is considered a manageable condition, there is still no cure.
World AIDS Day is held every year for fundraising as well as awareness-raising purposes. Many people are not aware of how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and those who are living with the illness still face stigma and discrimination.
What you can do:
Show suporrt and raise awareness. People are encouraged to wear a red ribbon on World AIDS Day as a simple way to show support and solidarity for people living with this illness.
Be aware. Head to some of the websites listed below, and educate yourself about what HIV and AIDS are, and how to prevent them.
For more ideas and to get the facts, head to:
- World AIDS Day Australia
- World AIDS Day – National AIDS Trust, UK
- World Health Organisation – World AIDS Day Information
- 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)