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Today is World AIDS Day (WAD) 2021, guys!
WAD is an annual observance that we commemorate every December 1 of each year to remember the millions of people who died from HIV/AIDS these past four decades. We also celebrate “our achievements over the past year,” and to pledge “to work in even more inclusive and innovative ways over the coming year.”
Today is #WorldAIDSDay!— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) December 1, 2021
You will NOT get #HIV from:
✅ standing by your friend
✅ drinking tea together
✅ shaking hands
✅ showing that you care
This is how you can reduce your risk of getting it
United States’ theme for this year is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice” (“El tema de este año para WAD se confirma como: Poner fin a la epidemia de VIH: acceso equitativo, la voz de todos”). The theme, says HIV.gov, “highlights the Biden-Harris Administration’s strong commitment to ending the HIV epidemic globally by addressing health inequities and ensuring the voices of people with HIV are central in all our work.”
Meanwhile, the global theme for this year’s World AIDS Day 2021 observance is “End inequalities. End AIDS.” WHO explained that “reaching people left behind,” is their particular focus and that the organization, together with their partners, is “highlighting the growing inequalities in access to essential HIV services.”
Take a look at the global HIV and AIDS statistics today below (Source: World Health Organization):
- 37,700,000 – is the estimated number of people across the globe who are living with HIV in 2020
- 680,000 – is the total number of people who died from HIV-related illnesses worldwide in 2020
- 1,500,000 – total number of people globally who were newly infected in 2020
- 73% of people living with HIV received lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) last year
It’s #WorldAIDSDay!!— jack rem x (@jackremmington) December 1, 2021
HIV treatment has come such a long way, and education needs to follow.
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But how can we, as private citizens, help out in the fight against HIV/AIDS?
- We can donate to organizations like the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation that aims for an “AIDS-free world.”
- Get yourself educated, learn more about HIV and AIDS
- Get tested
- Help spread awareness through social media
On #WorldAIDSDay, Prince Harry is joining WHO’s call for health and #VaccinEquity to end two pandemics: HIV and #COVID19.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) December 1, 2021
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This year marks the 40 years since the first five cases were officially reported in 1981. For more information, read here.
Simple fix: USE CONDOMS, DAMMIT! This was offered back in the late ’70s, through the ’80s, through the ’90s, and the Community *refused* to comply, spreading HIV as if they wanted to die. Use condoms! Stop assuming drugs will save you! Idiots!
I have to agree with NotNelly. It’s tough love but its just that simple. Cover it up dudes!!! I wonder why HIV wasn’t an issue in the 1920’s 30’s, 40’s, 50’s 60’s? Guys were gay and practiced unsafe sex back then. I know it’s
more ways to get but I’m talking about unprotected
sex. I don’t have the desire to research, just sad reading about all the new cases.
So the Pussy Prince is going to come Out finally? Is there any bandwagon He and his Beard won’t bottom for? But seriously, the only things that can be done are to use condoms, avoid anon sex and party and play drugs. These groups are just trying to rake in millions and give out some condoms and pamphlets. Scam-a-Rama.
Didn’t he renounce all his titles?
Why would Big Pharma ever be interested in ending any pandemic including AIDS when they don’t make any money off of cures. Big Pharma only makes money off of treatments. It’s time we took the profits out of healthcare and started making healthcare about health not profits
U=U, sorry I will not take the chance that someone who claims he’s “undectable” actually is simply on his word alone. I simply refuse to gamble with my health in that manner. Go on, send the nasty replies, I’m a big boy I can take it.
You’re absolutely right! A guy can lie about being undetectable just like he can lie about being negative. And what makes people think U=U could possibly be 100%? Nothing is 100%. Not condoms. Not flu vaccines. Not seatbelts, etc. So why are we being led to believe U=U is?
This whole article is about acceptance, stopping stigma, and stopping discrimination against those who have HIV. There is virtually nothing upfront about stopping transmission, safe sex, or practices that would stop infection. Just two weeks ago here A4A hosted a large discussion on barebacking. A4A needs to become a moral compass on this. Its promotion of unsafe sex acts (barebacking) which cause transmission in one blog post and then turning around and saying “oh woe is us AIDS has been with us for 40 years” in a blog post two weeks later is absurd. (And don’t say “oh, we were… Read more »
What happened to the message of prevention through safe sex, and condoms, and limiting your sex partners? I’m 58 and remember the AIDS epidemic from the beginning. But the message seems to have changed from prevention to destigmatizing being positive. Which is needed too, but prevention is even more vital to stopping the spread. And I’m annoyed at the claim for the spread sounds like everybody is just unaware. What about all the people choosing to be unsafe!? It’s in the ads seeking raw sex and porn that glorifies it. HIV is hardly being spread just because people aren’t getting… Read more »
AIDS is not epidemic; It is pandemic.
It will end when intravenous drug usage ends and anal penetration with a condom. AIDS is no longer a mystery.
Science has mapped out its Genetic Sequence and Modus Operandi. It is fully understood and fully preventable.
It shall end when Humanity chooses.
Is anyone still alive that remembers who was culpable for the deaths of thousands of AIDS victims in the early eighties all because his patent would profit him? I’ll give you a hint. It rhymes with ouchie.
Wow, and with the epidemic all of the good music died as well.
“HIV/AIDS 40 YEARS ON: IT’S TIME TO END THE EPIDEMIC”… Tell that to Dr Fauci, he did nothing for the gay community while they suffered and died because of his incompetence… He’s doing the same thing now with COVID because he’s a liar and a fraud. He is PURE EVIL!