Millions recognize World AIDS Day globally on December 1. Since 1988, the day serves as a platform for the AIDS pandemic and remembrance of those who have lost their battle with the disease and those who still face the stigma associated with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis. Today, it is regarded as the longest-running disease awareness initiative of its kind in the history of public health.
The themes over the years have mirrored the policy goals of public health authorities, moving from awareness and education to the larger objectives of the community, and global cooperation.
However, 2020's theme‚Äî"Ending the¬†HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact‚Äù‚Äîaims to bring inspiration and hope to the community.
Ways to show support
Use social media as a platform
As a result of this observance, many stars have already pledged their support for the cause by spreading the word on social platforms. Even more, many have already raised thousands this year for the fight against the AIDS epidemic.
Rock the Ribbon
You can also show your support for people with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.
Educate yourself and others
But obviously, the best way to get the message out is through information! Do your research and find out more about the effects of AIDS and HIV. Additionally, be sure to check out these amazing AIDS and HIV awareness foundations that work to find a cure and if possible, consider donating to one of them.
World AIDS Day events
Elton John's Tik-Tok Event
December 1, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Sir Elton John and social media platform TikTok teamed up together to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. Hosted by Reggie Yates, the live event will feature performances by Sam Smith, Rina Sawayama, and Sam Fender, as well as appearances by other celebrities and TikTok stars.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm excited to recognise World AIDS Day with TikTok and my Foundation this year to celebrate progress that we‚Äôve made and mark what we can do collectively to end the AIDS epidemic," said the iconic singer in a statement.
"HIV may seem a disease of the past, especially with COVID-19 in the headlines but it still affects everyone. We all need to care about HIV and end the discrimination around this disease. There‚Äôs a great line-up for our TikTok Live to break down the myths around HIV, talk about safe sex, and ensure that young people know how to protect themselves and others.‚Äù
HRSA Virtual Commemoration Event
December 1, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (ET)
Additionally, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) plans to hold a virtual event to highlight the occasion. While the main objective is to bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic, the event will provide guidance on HIV testing, care, and treatment and remember those who have died from HIV/AIDS in our country and around the world.
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