Today is the first day of December. It’s also a day where we stop to recognise World AIDS Day. HIV is still a very real and present disease in today’s world, especially within Australia. It’s hard to remember that each year hundreds of Australians are still diagnosed with the disease. Though manageable, HIV impacts people emotionally, physically, financially and socially.
HIV and AIDS often have a stigma attached to them, which further isolates diagnosed community members. Here’s some things you can do to celebrate, recognise and help those with HIV/AIDS this World Aids Day:
- Show your support for people with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.
- Attend a community awareness event across the weekend. You can find an event near you here.
- Engage friends and family in a conversation about HIV, taking the opportunity to help increase their understanding, decrease the stigma and dispel the myths that still exist in our society.
- If you know someone who has HIV, it’s important to remember that there are a multitude of amazing services and organisations that can provide assistance if needed.
- Challenge the stigma. Help change the perceptions of HIV/AIDS by reading through some common misconceptions about the disease and challenge those around you to do the same.
- Make a donation to local, state or nation-wide charity that supports the rehabilitation and health of those with HIV or AIDS. A small donation can make a large impact with the potential to save a life.
As long time supporters of ending HIV/AIDS, Yakkazoo are proud to commemorate World AIDS Day by recognising the legacy of those who have passed, as well as those who continue to break down barriers and stigmatism within our world to promote a better future for our HIV positive community members. Together, we have the power to end HIV/AIDS for good.