World AIDS Day was started in 1988 and is held every year to unite the world in supporting those living with the disease. According to the World AIDS Day website, there are more than 33.3 million people living with HIV globally and, between 1981 and 2007, an estimated 25 million have died from it.
More often than not, when we hear about someone who has HIV/AIDS, we assume the worst. But, as a previously mentioned, millions of people are living perfectly normal lives with the disease.
And that’s part what World AIDS Day is all about: Educating. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 250,000 people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS and don’t even know it!
Something else people don’t know is homosexual men do NOT have the highest risk of contracting the disease. In fact, straight African-American men are the most likely to get the disease.
The point of World AIDS Day is to raise awareness and show support. And what else are the holidays about? This year, keep in mind the millions of people living with this disease, urge those you know who are showing symptoms to get tested and treated, and get yourself tested as well. With the right treatments, it is possible to live a healthy life like anybody.
Wear your red ribbons with pride.