Today is the 29th annual observance of World AIDS Day.
This December 1 day has been observed since 1988, and is dedicated to not only raising awareness about the pandemic, but morning the people who have died from the disease. It’s a bittersweet one for me because I have lost two cousins and numerous friends to the ravages of AIDS, and have others who are living with HIV.
It’s also a concern because the 2015 US Trans Survey revealed that 6.7% of the respondents reported they were diagnosed with HIV.
This year’s World AIDS Day theme is ‘Right To Health‘ and it’s a salient on in light of the Trump misadministrations attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act and slash funding to combat HIV/AIDS.
In addition to the vigils and informational events happening in Houston and around the world on this World AIDS Day, there have been events taking place in order to help get the information out there necessary to reach the stated goal of no new HIV infections by 2030.
And we still have much work to do to get to that point..