As the rate of HIV infection continues to rise here in the US and across the globe, please use today as an opportunity to think about what you can do to help become a part of the solution to ending this pandemic.
With 1.1 million Americans living with HIV and approximately 20% unaware of their HIV positive status, and over 33 million people around the world living with the disease, today is the day to recommit to helping make a difference.
Here are five things you can commit to doing now:
1. Get tested and know your status. Then encourage others to get tested too.
2. Volunteer some of your time to your local AIDS organizations. There are many different ways to help men, women and young people struggling to live with HIV.
3. Make a contribution to support local and national organizations working on patient care, education, research and advocacy. HIV won’t go away without substantial financial support.
4. Take action. Call on your elected officials to commit more time and resources to ending this disease and caring for those who are living with it.
5. Stay educated on the issues. A great place to start is http://www.aids.gov/.
So many of our more than 300 PFLAG chapters across the country are very engaged in the fight against AIDS—supporting their local AIDS walks and other special events, volunteering some of their time, and advocating for policy changes and more funding. Today I’m asking you to join them, or take action on your own.
World AIDS Day is a reminder to us all to recommit our time, our talents and our treasure to helping bring AIDS to an end!