(Photo Credits: HIV.gov)
Today—December 1, 2022—marks the 34th anniversary of World AIDS Day (WAD) and we, the A4A community as a whole, stand with the rest of the world in supporting those who are afflicted with HIV and AIDS.
Today, we commemorate our loved ones and the many others we have lost to the disease. Today, we honor them by standing united in our fight against AIDS.
According to HIV.gov, this year’s observance theme is Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV. Further, said organization explained that we commemorate this event to “encourage people to unite globally to eliminate the disparities and inequities that create barriers to HIV testing, prevention, and access to HIV care.”
And indeed, it is by coming together and working together that we have come this far. These are also what we need foremost in order to not only sustain the world’s current efforts but also to win our decades-long fight against HIV and AIDS. HIV.gov, by the way, is the “federal government’s leading source for information about HIV” and it is encouraging netizens to use social media to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. Read more about them here.
But how do we get involved this World AIDS Day? Well, there are many ways:
- Wear a red ribbon online and in real life
- Read more about WAD and HIV/AIDS and talk about it online. Use the hashtags #WAD2022 and #WorldAIDSDay2022 when posting about World AIDS Day. Of course, don’t forget to mention A4A as well on Twitter @adam4adam and on Facebook @Adam4Adam.
- Check for volunteer opportunities in your area such as this one or join events that focus on AIDS awareness-raising
Also, there is a tool called HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator that we can use to “search for testing services, housing providers, health centers, and other service providers” near us.
To know more about World AIDS Day, click here. For more information on HIV in the United States, click here.