World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide.
World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st each year and serves as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
Fact: Did you know that World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day!
Many of the people living
with HIV/AIDS are forced to live a life of solitude due to the taboo and stigma placed on this condition. Yet, the disease can only be transmitted through bodily fluids such as semen, blood, and breast milk. Some people may also ignorantly socially reject someone with HIV/AIDS out of a fear of catching the disease through a hug, handshake, or simple touch.
Although HIV/AIDS cannot be transmitted these ways, people living with the condition may feel ashamed, rejected, discouraged, excluded, as well as fearful based on society’s view of the condition. This can in turn cause feelings of anxiety, depression, social isolation, and suicidal ideation.
We here at White Diamond are committed to remaining aware of the condition and the medical advances to help those living with HIV/AIDS live a more productive, joyful life, as well as join in the fight to reduce prejudice and improve education.