December 1 marks World AIDS Day. While the atmosphere is looking rather optimistic and we have a President who is supportive of health care for all, we must not grow complacent. We must remain ever vigilant if our goal is to get to Zero new infections and Zero new deaths due to the impact of HIV.
For those of us that were alive in the 1980s, we saw the devastation of the gay male community, where doctors would refuse to treat gay men impacted by HIV. We had to witness President Reagan not even saying the word AIDS or recognizing the epidemic.
The Gay Community had double the stigma: being gay and impacted by HIV. Most of us can talk about friends we lost. Let us hope those types of conversations have been — or soon will be — relegated to the past.
Today is a great invitation to the world to stand in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters who are impacted by HIV.