World AIDS Day!

Globally, December 1st is observed as World AIDS Day. A day for all to unite together in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Yearly, World AIDS Day aims  to challenge people to rethink the outdated stereotypes and to challenge the myths associated with the illness’ epidemic.

Since being identified in 1984, HIV has taken the lives of more than 35 million people, making it the most destructive illness in history. To date, there are an estimated 34 million people living with the virus though scientific advances have been made in the areas of effective treatment. Additionally, there are laws  put into effect to protect those living and effected by HIV. Today, people everywhere understand much more about the severity of the illness.

Today, The New Journalist encourages all to be positive about HIV, to rally together with peers and to advocate on behalf of the truth found within HIV/AIDS. From events to sharing insightful information, let’s all get involved and #RethinkHIV!

For additional information on how you may participate in this year’s World AIDS Day, please visit the official World AIDS Day website.

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