Today (Dec. 1) is World AIDS Day, a great reminder that though we have made many strides with the condition, there is still no cure. Still we must continue the work of trying to eliminate HIV transmissions across the world.
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) occurs when you have contracted the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)—which can severely impact your immune system. This negative effect may cause your body to be more susceptible to infections and diseases. Fortunately, there are now medications that reduce the risk of transmission and, in some instances, render the virus undetectable in the bloodstream.
Still, many barriers impede some people from getting tested and then getting proper treatment.
Every year the U.S. government honors the day and examines its response to the millions of people who have lost their lives to the disease. To address disparities and inequities surrounding the virus this year, HIV.gov created a theme with the goal of creating a community to bring people together called, “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV.”
The site offers an event planning guide to help those who want to do more today. Allies are provided tools, tips, and questions to ask and steps to host an event to encourage more HIV awareness. It takes you through planning and considerations for a successful event as well as advice on whether it is best to host or attend an event. Additionally, you are offered stats, infographics, and social media assets to use today to show your support.
Worldaidsday.org has a list of events in areas across the country and other support methods like wearing a red ribbon. You can do so physically or by downloading a virtual version to use throughout the day and after. The site also allows you to donate to help end the stigma surrounding AIDS and will host a live discussion at 1 pm on Dec. 1.
Can’t make it in person? There are also several virtual events to attend including a videocast today at 1:00-2:30 pm EST. hosted by the National Institutes of Health for World AIDS Day 2022 where you can witness federal leaders and guests discuss "Progress and Promise in HIV Research." You can tune into the live NIH VideoCast at the start of the event.
The West Hollywood Reform Synagogue will stream a World AIDS Day Service from Congregation Kol Ami at 10 pm.
In honor of the day, Waverley Care is hosting an online community talk event to address HIV prevention and testing. While it’s geared towards the ethnic minority in Scotland, anyone can tune in and ask questions with or without their cameras on Dec. 1, 3:30- 4:30 GMT.
If you are interested in a virtual walk To Help Everyone, Health and Wellness Centers is hosting its third annual event. For more information, visit Allevents.in.
You can also attend a virtual drag show to celebrate the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community. The show, which occurs at 6:00 p.m., is advertised as free and family-friendly and will be hosted by VinChelle and feature Martine, Poochie, and Pi.
Get a better understanding of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a drug used to prevent HIV, when Nicholas Snow Mark speaks with DeJarnett and Andrew Glorioso from DAP (Desert AIDS Project ) Health's Department of Community Health and Sexual Wellness on Life Positive at 2:00 pm.