Today, activists, advocates, and ordinary people all over the globe are recognizing World AIDS Day, when we show our support for people living with HIV/AIDS and commemorate those who have passed away.
At the link above, you’ll find more information about what you can do today. You can take a quiz about your awareness of HIV and let your friends know about the significance of today on Facebook. As soon as you can, you should get tested; knowing your status is half the battle! And of course, if you’re able, you can donate to organizations like GMHC, which are leading the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Today has special significance for our communities for a number of reasons. As you probably know, HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts the LGBT community—HRC’s got more information on that here. But as a result of these statistics, and because of the AIDS epidemic of 30-odd years ago, both LGBT people and HIV-positive people continue to be stigmatized for their association with this condition.
To help fight the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, I highly recommend The Stigma Project, a fantastic organization working to make the world more “HIV neutral.” You can get involved with the international fight against HIV/AIDS however you want—the important thing is to get involved.
What will you do?
I gave to Broadway Cares for World AIDS Day. Mainly because I’ve given to them through tickets and merchandise before, but also because I found it difficult to find the main US site to give to for AIDS in general. The link in this reblog is a UK site.