World AIDS Day – Dec 1, 2015

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There will be special events across the nation – and a live event from the White House at 1PM

You can follow events around the world on Twitter #WorldAIDSday.

We are pleased to announce the theme for World AIDS Day 2015: The Time to Act Is Now.

There is no better time than World AIDS Day to recommit ourselves to achieving an AIDS-free generation. This year, we will celebrate the tremendous progress we have made together in expanding access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services, and focus on the potential to achieve sustainable epidemic control and end AIDS as a public health threat.

In 2015, we know what it takes to prevent HIV infections and improve the lives of people living with HIV, and we are building on the success of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the release of the United States’ National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, and our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Time to Act Is Now looks to the future and demonstrates the urgent need for action today.

The global HIV epidemic requires a coordinated and united response. We hope that you will join us from wherever you are across the globe, and in whatever role you play in your organization, community, or neighborhood, to raise awareness and show how you are taking action.

For everything World AIDS Day, follow AIDS.gov and use the hashtag #WAD2015 on social media.

Senior officials from the White House and Administration, and community leaders commemorate World AIDS Day with the theme – “The Time to Act Is Now”

  9 comments for “World AIDS Day – Dec 1, 2015

  1. Denise Velez
    December 1, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Like last year – there is no google doodle for World AIDS Day.

  2. December 1, 2015 at 9:34 am

    There should be one, Denise!

    I am so glad some progress has been made but I grieve for those who died of this disease. May we remember them all today.

    • Denise Velez
      December 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Sadly – I think a lot of people in the US just don’t pay attention – as if the epidemic has gone away or been cured.

      • JanF
        December 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm

        People are trained to only pay attention to what is served to them via cable news and the AIDS epidemic has not been the crisis-du-jour for quite some time.

        It is good that events such as this exist to remind us that there is still work to be done.

  3. JanF
    December 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    President Obama

    • Denise Velez
      December 2, 2015 at 3:33 am

      thanks Jan.

      • JanF
        December 2, 2015 at 4:49 am

        That video gets big when you just post the link! I was on Droid when the video came across my Twitter feed. Fixed.

  4. JanF
    December 2, 2015 at 5:13 am

    From ThinkProgress: This Company’s Move To Offer HIV-Positive People Life Insurance Shows How Far HIV Awareness Has Come

    Prudential Insurance Company will make history this week by allowing HIV-positive people to register for the insurance company’s traditional life insurance policies — a first in an industry that traditionally leaves people struggling with chronic diseases with few options for affordable plans to protect their family members once they die.

    Announced on Monday, the eve of World AIDS Day, this news comes after decades of people living with the virus being denied anything but minimal coverage from insurance providers. […]

    More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While a cure for the virus does not exist, life expectancy for people in the U.S. living with HIV has never been better. A recent study found that people diagnosed with HIV early in their lives usually live until their early 70s, on average. This year, the U.S. population of HIV-positive people hit a milestone: more than half of all people living with HIV are estimated to be over the age of 50.

    • Denise Velez
      December 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

      This is a very important breakthrough – one of the reasons so many people living with HIV have been strong supporters of the ACA has been the provision that pre-existing conditions would not disqualify them – there have been problems however – which are still being addressed – some insurance companies have not included HIV medications in their low pay or no pay tiers.

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