World AIDS Day, 2012: Getting to Zero!

1 Dec
Let Us All Work to Getting to Zero!

Let Us All Work to Getting to Zero!

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.

3 Responses to “World AIDS Day, 2012: Getting to Zero!”

  1. webwordwarrior December 1, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    It is so important to remember the millions lost and suffering. Thank you for celebrating this significant day.
    I find the persistence of the stigma especially infuriating. Every disease arises through a mixture of chance, choices, and environment. Why do we consider some people complicit in their own suffereing and celebrate others as martyrs, simply based on what particular invader wracks their bodies?
    I hope everyone pauses today to reflect on their own perceptions of HIV and challenges the myths that sadly linger.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 1, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      What a lovely and compassionate comment, Lex! Yes, the stigma is still there for those impacted by HIV and is even worse if one also identifies as Black, or Latino, or First Nations. We must all stand in solidarity to remove stigma, remove barriers, and support all of our brothers and sisters.


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