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December is finally here and the first day of the last month of the year boosts the enthusiasm of all those excited about the beginning of the Christmas season. Although, this date also indicates another meaningful celebration: it is World AIDS Day!

Celebrated since 1988, each 1st of December becomes an opportunity for people around the world to join the fight against HIV and show support for those dealing with this condition.

It is estimated that 34 million people have HIV worldwide, while more than 35 million have already died from AIDS, “making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history,”- reports the official World AIDS Day website.

Despite all the hard efforts of scientists around the world, we still don’t count with a definitive cure to treat HIV; therefore -on World AIDS Day-, it is not only important to support those who struggle to live being HIV positive, but also to increase awareness and educate the rest of the population on how to protect themselves and others from HIV and to stop discriminating those who suffer it.

You can do your share too! On World AIDS Day there are many things you can do to increase awareness and support the cause. First, you can wear the “red ribbon”, which is the official universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.

Next, you can educate yourself on HIV/AIDS basics, prevention and what living with HIV is like. AIDS.gov provides a handful of useful information and facts that will help you learn more and instruct others to reduce ignorance regarding this matter and therefore, reduce the stigmas and prejudices that surround those living with HIV.

Use your social media networks for good and share your knowledge with the world! You can also join the conversation online by following and using the hashtags #WAD2014, #HIVAware and #PutARibbonOnIt.

Of course, you can also join the events going on around the world to celebrate World AIDS Day, make a contribution or volunteer to help fight AIDS and support those with HIV. Find out more at AIDS.org.

 

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