Honoring World AIDS Day
By Jen Jones on 12/01/2014 @ 10:00 AM
Today is December 1, 2014 -- World AIDS Day -- a global recognition for the continuous fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. On this day each year, we offer our support to those who are living with HIV and honor those who are no longer with us.
First started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first health day to be recognized globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2013, there are approximately 35 million people around the world with HIV, half of whom are women and 10% are children under the age of 15. It is estimated that more than one million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. In 2012, 1.9 million people lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, bringing the total to more than 35 million lives lost.
Education, preventative practices and health screenings are critical when it comes to stopping the spread of the disease – almost 1 in 6 unaware they are infected. Through education and outreach efforts and scientific advances that number, along with the number of transmittal cases, are dwindling.
Nevertheless, 36,500 people live with HIV/AIDS in North Carolina.
Today, we honor those who we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS and continue our fight for accessible and inclusive care by partnering with our friends at the North Carolina AIDS Action Network to make sure our state leaders understand the impact of HIV/AIDS on constituents across the state.