Today is World AIDS Day.
This is a time to raise awareness in the wider community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day to demonstrate support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died. Wearing a red ribbon is a way that you can show solidarity and raise awareness of HIV.
A TIME TO REMEMBER
This is also a time when we remember the members of the bleeding disorder community who were affected by HIV when in the mid-1980s HIV was transmitted through some batches of plasma-derived clotting factor treatment product.
In 2019 HIV continues to be a part of our community’s experience. For the partners, family, friends, and carers who mourn those close to them who were lost to HIV/AIDS, we need to acknowledge the pain and grief that endures. For those of you who live on with the challenges of HIV, we recognise your strength and your determination to work together to create a supportive community for all affected by HIV.
COMMUNITIES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
UNAIDS’s theme for World AIDS Day 2019 is Communities make the difference. This year’s theme reminds us of the very important role of the community in leading and supporting all people living with HIV to lead healthy and productive lives free from the negative effects of stigma and discrimination.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Learn more about HIV in your community and share this knowledge with others
- Take action to reduce transmission of HIV by promoting prevention practices
- Support and understand people in your community living with or affected by HIV
- Uphold the right of people living with HIV to participate in the community free from stigma and discrimination
- Visit the UNAIDS and International AIDS Society websites for more information about the global efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
For more information about World AIDS Day, visit www.worldaidsday.org.au.