Today is World AIDS Day — celebrated annually on December 1st. World AIDS Day was first established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988 to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. Since the beginning of the epidemic, significant strides have been made in understanding, treating, and preventing HIV, but the journey towards an AIDS-free world is far from over.
Reflecting on Progress:
Over the years, global efforts have resulted in increased awareness, improved access to treatment, and a reduction in new HIV infections. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has revolutionized the management of HIV, allowing individuals living with the virus to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. The tireless work of healthcare professionals, advocates, and policymakers has played a pivotal role in changing the narrative surrounding HIV/AIDS.
However, progress has not been uniform across the globe. Disparities persist, with marginalized communities facing greater challenges in accessing healthcare and support services. Stigma and discrimination remain formidable barriers, hindering both prevention efforts and the well-being of those affected by the virus.
World AIDS Day serves as a reminder of the need for a commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Governments, communities, and individuals must come together to ensure that the progress achieved is not lost and that the momentum towards an AIDS-free world continues.
This year’s theme, “Let Communities Lead,” underscores the importance of breaking the stigma, and to empower communities of people who live with, and are affected by HIV to be the driving voice surrounding discussions of HIV and AIDS. Letting communities lead is much more than a celebration of the achievements of communities, it is a call to action to enable and support communities in their leadership roles.
Resources Regarding HIV and AIDS:
Below are a number of links and resources to learn more about World AIDS Day, HIV and AIDS prevention, and information to have if you or someone you know is living with HIV or AIDS.
For information and downloadable materials on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB), Visit CDCs National Prevention Information Network (CDC NPIN) online at https://npin.cdc.gov/
If you wish to consult an information specialist to discuss questions about HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, TB, or HIV testing sites, please contact CDC INFO.
To locate nearby HIV prevention, housing, mental health, substance abuse, testing, or treatment services, use our HIV/AIDS Services Locator Widget. Just enter your zip code and view the map of the results which includes addresses, phone numbers and other information to assist you in locating nearby services.
To get answers to questions or access resources related to HIV or AIDS treatment or clinical trials, contact the National Institutes of Health’s HIVinfo. To reach HIVinfo:
As we commemorate World AIDS Day 2023, let us remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrate the progress made, and recommit ourselves to the ongoing battle. By working together, we can overcome the challenges that lie ahead and move closer to the day when HIV/AIDS is a thing of the past. Each action, no matter how small, brings us one step closer to a world where no one has to live with the impact of HIV/AIDS.