World AIDS Day 2013: Working Toward an AIDS-Free Generation
December 2, 2013
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” An AIDS-free generation is an ideal goal, but we’re far from achieving it. In fact, the CDC reports that “about sixty percent of all youth with HIV do not know they are infected, are not getting treated and can unknowingly pass the virus on to others.” In order to reach an “AIDS-Free Generation,” teens need to be more educated about HIV and AIDS.
World AIDS Day is a great chance to learn about how HIV can be transmitted, how it can be prevented, where to get tested and what to do if you have recently been diagnosed as HIV positive. You can also show your support for World AIDS Day by attending local events or just wearing your red ribbon. It is important to make as many people as you can aware of HIV, so they can protect themselves and others from infection or get the treatment they need if they’re HIV positive.
Go to the interactive AIDS.gov website and learn how you can take steps to make an AIDS-free generation a reality.