Every year on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day allows people around the globe to come together in the fight against HIV, to support those living with AIDS, and to commemorate those who have died. Although we have made tremendous scientific and medical advances in the area of HIV/AIDS, there is still much work to be done to stop this pandemic:
- • An estimated 34 million people worldwide are living with the HIV virus.
- • AIDS, the disease caused by HIV, claims approximately 2 million lives each year, of which about 270,000 are children.
- • Since 1981, more than 36 million people have died from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses.
You can show your support in the fight against HIV/AIDS by showing tolerance for people living with the virus and helping to end HIV stigma. Wear a red ribbon, post awareness on social media, donate to HIV/AIDS research organizations or get tested. Maybe the best thing you can do is protect yourself from HIV. If you are sexually active, protect yourself every time. If you are an IV drug user, never share needles. And, if there is any chance you may have been exposed to HIV, get tested. Knowing your status is empowerment.
For HIV protection and testing, contact OneWorld at 402.734.4110 to make an appointment.