There’s been a lot of talk lately about how HIV/AIDS is no longer an issue. Even Obama said this is the “beginning of the end” for the virus. However, in light of the Global Fund removing funding for HIV/AIDS, the number of deaths in the countries most affected by the virus is expected to surge.
Today is World AIDS Day – a day to remember the more than 25 million lives lost to the virus since 1981, a day to learn how to protect yourself, a day to make the lives of those suffering better.
How can you help?
1. Join your local or campus chapter of CANFAR. The group works towards increasing funding for AIDS research, raising awareness and destigmatizing HIV/AIDS.
2. Practice safe sex. Always use a condom. If you’re in a monogamous relationship, you should both get tested before you make the leap to unprotected sex.
3. Attend events like those hosted by CANFAR and The Stephen Lewis Foundation – like last night’s event in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s new Art Fund.
Most importantly, don’t lose sight of the fact that the HIV/AIDS virus is still an issue. People are still dying – adults, children; the disease doesn’t discriminate.