Today is December 1st and is recognized by many countries and organizations as World AIDS Day. As I moved my pen back and forth across my notebook hoping to address this issue I became frustrated, my frustration brought sadness, sadness brought tears, tears brought anger and anger brought pain. Pain brought memories and memories brought back the faces of those that I loved that AIDS took away from me. As I begin to think about what to write I realized that no matter how frustrated or angry or sad or painful I was one thing was for certain, “AIDS IS HERE” now what should we do about it. World Aids Day was first established by the World Health Organization in 1988 to raise awareness and unite people around the world in the fight against HIV and AIDS and everyday more and more people are losing their lives. The time has come for everyone to help in their own way in the continued fight to end HIV and AIDS. It is time for us to “Light a Candle, Len a Hand and Be the Cure”.
Every one of us have been touched by the diseases either we are currently living with the disease, lost a friend or loved or even lost a favourite celebrity either way we are all affected. We can light a candle by continuing to remember those that we have lost from immediate family members to members in our communities. We should remember the memories and never allowing their death to be in vain.
Instead of pointing a finger we should all try to lend a hand. Persons living with HIV and AIDS face discrimination every day and are sometimes forced out of their homes, jobs, schools and even churches because of the stigma. Show support by giving hugs and shaking hands instead of pointing fingers and whispering. Living with AIDS is already hard enough no one needs to also be burdened with the stigmatization and discrimination.
One of the ways to help find a cure faster is to Be the Cure. Protect yourself and those around you, make it a priority to educate yourself and others about the facts of these and other diseases. AIDS kills but it can also be prevented.
During this week we will share spread awareness by focusing on facts and myths as well as
stories and inspirational messages from people around the world all showing their support in the fight against AIDS and let’s all “Get it To Zero”.