Today is December 1
, meaning World AIDS Day
! World AIDS Day began December 1, 1988. For the past 23 years, this day has been dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness and commemorating the lives of those who have lost the battle to this virus. The red ribbon is the official ribbon for HIV awareness. According to WorldAIDSDay.org
, an estimated 33.3 million
people are living with HIV worldwide
so this isn't something that should be taken lightly. Educate yourself and others. In the United States, African Americans are at the top of the list in lead cases and that's unsettling to see my people suffer from something that can be prevented. It's disheartening to see anyone putting themselves at risk. There are simple steps we can all take to ensure that we decrease that 33.3 million. Practice safe sex, get tested on a regular basis, know the status of your partners and take advantage of the free information and resources online to assist you in helping save your life and others.
If you would like to learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it, check out these official
sources for more information: