One Month until World AIDS Day (December 1): How are YOU Facing AIDS?
by Jennie Anderson, AIDS.gov Communications Advisor
Co-authored by Aisha Moore, Communications Director and Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, AIDS.gov
World AIDS Day (December 1) is a month away and once again we’re using social networking and photos to share messages about how we are all still Facing AIDS. Some of us once knew a world without AIDS, and for others AIDS has been around our entire lifetime. No matter your age or your familiarity with the epidemic and the many people who have been infected or affected, we hope you’ll join us again this year.
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At AIDS.gov, we are busy gearing up for this annual observance. We will remember those we’ve lost. We will honor the many people living with HIV who are advocates and build HIV awareness each day. We will reflect on the great strides we have made in responding to this 30-year epidemic. We will acknowledge the continued devastating impact of this epidemic around the world and in our own backyards*.
While these are all important things, most of them involve looking back. But there’s more to World AIDS Day than that. This year’s World AIDS Day theme is: “Leading with Science, Uniting for Action.” It’s a day to look ahead. It’s a day to take action. It’s a day to not only imagine a world without AIDS, but an opportunity to get one step closer as the U.S. prepares to host the AIDS 2012 International AIDS Conference next summer.
Here’s where all of us and our neighbors, friends, coworkers, and community workers come in. Whether you’re already planning a World AIDS Day event or looking for something to do, these are some simple ways to take action:
- Join our Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day photo sharing initiative. It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s social. All you have to do is: Write. Snap. Share.
- Attending the U.S. Conference on AIDS? Stop by booth #320 and have your photo taken with your sign.
- Plan a local event. Our event planning guide can help you get started. You can customize and use these World AIDS Day posters and add the World AIDS Day logo to your websites. Learn about HIV by sharing these fact sheets . Join the World AIDS Day conversation on Twitter; use the hashtag #WAD2011 to find and share local events.
- Take an HIV test. Enter your ZIP code into the HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Providers Locator to find HIV testing and other services near you.
- Have a website or blog? Embed this widget.
- Together we can not only imagine a world without AIDS, but as the National HIV/AIDS Strategysays, we can help create “a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.”
How are you planning to observe World AIDS Day?
*As of 2009, 33.3 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS and of those, 1,657,511 are living in the United States.