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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

World AIDS Day 2020

World AIDS Day has been observed annually on December 1st since 1988 when it became the first recognized global health day. The day is used to unify all of us in the fight against HIV and AIDS and to mourn those who have lost their lives to the illness. The HIV pandemic is still incredibly prevalent, with approximately 38 million people across the globe suffering from HIV/AIDS in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Community organizations, government and health officials, and individuals all over the world observe this day as a way to commit to educating people on methods of treatment and overall prevention. 

Each World AIDS Day is focused around a specific theme, which is all chosen after consultations with numerous organizations associated with the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. This year’s campaign is entitled “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact”, which is focused on a bold plan, announced by the Trump Administration in 2019, that aims to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030. 

This plan, with the ultimate goal to see a 75% reduction in new HIV infections by 2025 and at least 90% reduction by 2030, will utilize recent scientific advances in HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and outbreak response. In the first phase of the plan, the initiative focuses on areas where HIV transmission is extremely frequent and will be providing those 57 identifies areas with additional resources, expertise, and technology.

Below, we have compiled a number of highly-rated charities dedicated to providing assistance, research, and support in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in honor of World AIDS Day. Make a difference this World AIDS day by encouraging those around you to get tested, have conversations about the importance of safe sex, and remember to wear a red ribbon, as the ribbon is a globally recognized symbol that shows support to the millions of people currently living with HIV/AIDS.

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