Why World Aids Day Matters

World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day of its kind. Set up in 1988 — and designed as an opportunity for people across the world to unite in the global fight against HIV, to commemorate those lost to AIDS, and to show their solidarity with those around the world living with HIV — World AIDS Day is an incredibly important day.

It’s also not enough. One day a year to commemorate 35 million deaths is not enough. One day to show solidarity with the 36.7 million people living with HIV today is not enough. As the saying goes “Every day is World AIDS Day,” because every day there’s another fight. There’s more stigma to fight, there are more lives lost which must be commemorated, there’s more legislation put in place to further endanger those living with HIV that needs to be rolled back.

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