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December 1, 2018

Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death, Act Up poster, 1989
Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death, Act Up poster, 1989

This year marks the 30thanniversary of World AIDS Day.  World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illness.  Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

There are an estimated 37 million people living with the virus worldwide today.  Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV, and we have much more knowledge about the condition.  And, after over 30 years of the HIV pandemic, the world may soon witness the birth of an AIDS-free generation, with new infections in children reduced by more than half globally. 

However, World AIDS Day serves as an important reminder that HIV has not gone away – preventative outreach and lifelong treatment remain vital, and stigma and discrimination are still a reality for many people living with the condition. The need to provide care, raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education persists.

During his lifetime Keith Haring worked to raise awareness of the disease.  Before succumbing to AIDS-related illness in 1990, he established the Keith Haring Foundation to help continue the fight against HIV.

To learn more about World AIDS Day visit https://www.worldaidsday.org

And to learn how you can help in the fight towards achieving an AIDS-free generation visit  http://www.pedaids.org

AIDS mural Barcelona
Together We Can Stop AIDS, mural, Barcelona, 1989
AIDS Hotline poster, NYC, 1989
AIDS Hotline poster, NYC, 1989

UNAIDS releases its 2015 World AIDS Day report

World AIDS Day 2015UNAIDS is an organization that works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The new report shows how communities, cities and countries around the world are using innovative approaches to reach more people with life-changing HIV services. You can read and download the report here.

World AIDS Day, observed annually on December 1st, was established in 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to commemorating those who have died from the disease

To learn more about UNAIDS and ways to participate in World AIDS Day visit unaids.org

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