World AIDS Day Celebrates 35 Years

WAD 2023Every December 1, the world unites to observe World AIDS Day, a poignant annual event that serves as a global reminder of the ongoing struggle to eliminate HIV.

2023 marks the 35th commemoration of this significant day with the theme “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit.”

Over the past 35 years, substantial progress has been made in addressing HIV/AIDS, thanks to advancements in medical research, increased access to treatment and prevention, and a more profound understanding of the condition.

This year’s theme, “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit,” pays tribute to those individuals who have been lost to HIV/AIDS.

According to Steven Santiago, M.D., Chief Medical Officer,

“World AIDS Day serves as a reminder to us that HIV has not gone away. In addition to continuing to battle the stigma surrounding HIV, the four pillars of ending the epidemic; diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and response continue to be crucial to increasing awareness, fighting prejudice, and improving education. Diagnosis is a reminder that there are still people living with HIV who are not aware. Prevention is a reminder of the need to further increase methods to reduce the rate of infection. Treatment is a reminder that hope is available for people who do not know their status. The response is critical as it is a reminder to the community that new outbreaks are happening all the time.”

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