Commemorating World AIDS Day

By Laura Fredrickson, HIV/AIDS coordinator at Marquette County Health Department

World AIDS Day was initiated by health ministers from around the world who called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater awareness of HIV/AIDS on an international scale. It was first observed in 1988, and was the first ever global health day.

World AIDS Day takes place every year on December 1. This year the theme is “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.” It continues to be an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

World AIDS Day has been recognized for the past 29 years and some people may wonder why it is still important. In the United States, we don’t seem to hear about HIV/AIDS as much anymore. Fewer people are dying. Excellent care and treatment options are available and HIV is now considered a chronic disease instead of terminal illness. So why is World AIDS Day still important?…

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