This weekend something quite amazing is happening. Countries across the globe are coming together to celebrate World Aids Day. Regardless of current politics and policies, this global health initiative is having countries band together to raise awareness of HIV and Aids. While those of us in the United States plan to recognize this awareness day, what’s awesome is that it’s a movement that’s also happening across the sea, too.
World Aids Day Movements
The first Worlds Aids Day was in 1988 – it was the first global health initiative of its kind. Global leaders recognized the threat, danger and severity of the HIV virus on all continents and came together to start an annual event geared toward raising awareness of HIV, encouraging screening and promoting health. Today, the same mission occurs as many countries are gearing up to promote HIV awareness this weekend.
View the UK’s website for World Aids Day
Check out the Avert website to learn AIDS statistics from around the world.
Worlds Aids Day in the U.S.
Most of us who grew up in the United States are familiar with the red ribbon campaign. In addition to showing support through the red ribbon, there are many ways to get involved this year. Aids.gov is a great site that offers helpful tools for anyone wanting to get involved in the cause this weekend. Visit the site to see how the White House is getting involved, read the latest policies regarding AIDS, see photo galleries, blog, connect on social media and more. There are even AIDS awareness events taking place on Dec. 1.
You and HIV and Aids
We’ve spent the past couple of months highlighting celebs with HIV and Aids. Some of them have unfortunately passed away due to the HIV virus progressing to Aids; others have successfully managed to treat and tame HIV symptoms. The problem with HIV is that many who have it do not realize they are infected. This leads to transmission and even more lives at stake. Those who do have it need immediate treatment, medicine has revolutionized the way the HIV virus is treated.
This weekend, on World Aids Day, make a commitment to get tested for HIV. New rapid HIV tests, like the ones at ARCpoint Labs, can even provide results in 20 minutes. While nobody wants to think about requesting such a test, it could seriously end up saving your life. There’s no better time to make the leap and call. Any of our ARCpoint Labs locations are ready to help you.