Sunday December 1, 2019 is World AIDS Day, an annual event that began in 1988 to spread awareness of the epidemic, to stand in solidarity with those living with HIV and to mourn the thousands of lives lost to this disease. Government and health representatives, community organizations and individuals including activists acknowledge and use this date to educate and enlighten. The epidemic is thirty one years old as of 2019 and although tremendous progress has been made in developing and releasing medications that enable those afflicted to live longer lives, there is always more work to be done to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS. Recently a new strain of HIV was discovered which solidifies the idea that this is an ongoing battle that continues to test the scientific and medical communities.
We are hopeful that one day there will be a cure for this disease and until then we must continue to educate and keep an open dialogue on prevention, sexuality and the importance of breaking down the walls of stigma. This disease does not discriminate, it doesn’t recognize race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. HIV/AIDS is a human issue, it is vital to defeating this disease for all of us to realize that. World AIDS Day helps to put a face on the disease, a loved one, a friend, your brother, your sister, anyone is at risk but through safe sex, prevention and education, we can get to zero.
Equality Nevada invites you to join us with the Southern Nevada Health Consortium and the Sin City Sisters on Sunday Dec 1st at the Nunnery as we all come together to wear red and form a human red ribbon chain to spread awareness, stand with those living with HIV and remember those we lost.
Please click on the event link below to attend: