World AIDS Day takes place every year on December 1st. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever international health day, and was designed to unite the global community against HIV, support those living with the disease and memorialize those who have died from an HIV-related illness.
“This global health day was declared at the height of the epidemic—a time when AIDS cases had increased by 56% worldwide and more than 27,000 people had died of AIDS-related causes,” says Cindy Allen, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Board Chair.
In 2015, President Obama unveiled the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, which is committed to ending AIDS in the U.S. no later than 2020.
“DIFFA pledges to help carry out this strategy to end AIDS through our continued support for hundreds of organizations nationwide working with those living with HIV to create an AIDS-free generation,” says Allen.
The national 2020 target is just three years away, and there is still more work to be done to eradicate AIDS forever. According to DIFFA, 1 in 7 of the 1.1 million people living with AIDS are unaware of their positive status. And while people with HIV are able to live longer and healthier lives with access to treatment and medication, the cure for HIV positive status is still elusive.
Visit www.diffa.org/donate to join the fight against AIDS.