1988: a gallon of gas was 90 cents, and the Red Army was withdrawing from Afghanistan. Hubble was put into use, Rain Man was in theaters, George H.W. Bush beat Dukakis. A kid born that year is now old enough to be tired of legally going to bars.
It was also the first time a computer virus infected machines connected to the internet. And the virus that has caused the plague of our time was well known enough that some governments were putting out information about staying safe. ACT UP, a radical group of gay men in New York, was demanding that the stigma and silence around the illness end so that lives can be saved. And an event happened for the first time to talk about this dreaded death sentence as it swept across the globe: World AIDS Day, December 1st.
What is World AIDS Day about?
- To show our united commitment to fighting HIV and AIDS, not the people who have it
- Show support for those living with the disease
- Commemorate those who have died
- Raise awareness about preventing HIV
- Raising money for HIV research, education and prevention efforts
Despite the active efforts of people around the globe, this disease continues to spread, largely because people still don’t know the facts and don’t take enough precautions. They may perceive themselves as being not at risk or they may have mistaken beliefs about how to prevent transmission. So what can YOU do about it?
- Make sure you know the facts
- Volunteer and fund-raise
- Get tested and encourage others to do it too
- Make sure you treat everyone with HIV fairly and respectfully and take a moment to honor those who lost their fight
- Raise awareness about World AIDS Day so others can get involved