Doña Ana County Democrats and the Democratic Party of New Mexico commemorate World AIDS Awareness Day and also join in this year’s theme “The Time to Act is Now”
Held on December 1 each year, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate the lives of those people who have been lost and promote awareness of HIV prevention.
First held in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. While people are living longer with HIV/AIDS because of tremendous advancements in medications and treatment, the threat of infection remains real and the number of people living with HIV/AIDS is still increasing in 2013—both worldwide & locally. HIV/AIDS shows no discrimination. It is the #1 killer of African American women between 25-34 years old, and the rate of new infections is increasing in the Hispanic and Native American populations. In the United States one of every five of those infected don’t know it. Today we join in bringing awareness to the ongoing health crisis of HIV/AIDS.
More information on World AIDS Day, to get the facts about HIV/AIDs, and to find national and community resources go to AIDS.gov.