World AIDS Day 2014: Focus, Partner, Achieve
November 25, 2014
Every December 1st is World AIDS Day—a day focused on raising awareness of and ending the pandemic caused by the spread of HIV or human immunodeficiency virus. HIV weakens your immune system, making you more vulnerable to diseases and infections. While HIV can be treated, there is no cure. When HIV progresses and reaches its end stages, a person will develop AIDS or acquired immune deficiency syndrome. World AIDS Day’s main purpose is to unite people in the fight against HIV and to remember people who have died of AIDS.
World AIDS Day is observed throughout the world, and the theme this year is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” How can we help stop the spread of HIV and help achieve an AIDS-free generation?
- Encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested.
- Always practice safer sex, using male or female condoms and dental dams to prevent the transmission of STDs, including HIV.
- Raise awareness about how to stop the spread of HIV.
These are just some of the ways we can help reduce the number of people newly infected with HIV each year.
You can also check out AIDS.gov where you’ll find videos, graphics and badges to share on social media. Sharing HIV facts from AIDS.gov is a great way to participate in Worlds AIDS Day and raise awareness through social media. You can also show your support on December 1st by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.
If we continue to encourage education about HIV/AIDS and safer sex, an AIDS-free generation does not have to remain in the distant future.