December 1st, World AIDS Day

dec-1-aids-day-imageDecember 1st is World AIDS day – one of eight global public health campaigns observed by the World Health Organization. The date also marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS awareness week.

Although much has been done to curb the spread of AIDS, an estimated 1.1 million people died in 2015 from AIDS related illnesses, and 36.7 million people still live with HIV.

Scientific advances should be reducing these numbers, however, much of that progress is limited to patients living in prosperous countries with good health care systems.  HIV and AIDS patients among the poorer populations throughout the planet do not fare well.

If you want to support World AIDS Day, wear a red ribbon (or post one on your social media profile).  You can also check this website for activities in your city, or to donate to AIDS research or assistance.