world aids day

World AIDS Day is December 1st, and it is a great opportunity to learn about and raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. Based in Britain, the World AIDS Day effort aims to educate people about the realities of the disease. This year’s campaign aims to reduce the stigma faced by people who suffer from HIV. In our work at Summit Disability Law Group, we often see how stigma and misunderstandings hurt people living with disabilities and diseases. We hope that efforts such as this improve public perception of HIV and other medical conditions. This post outlines how you can get involved today to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

How to Make a Difference on World AIDS Day

This year, the theme is “HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong.” When HIV and AIDS became widely known in the 1980’s and 1990’s, people with the illnesses faced horrible mistreatment. However, the organizers of World AIDS Day want to show how much progress society has made. They came up with a fun way to do this using social media. If you want to help spread awareness of the day, share an unfashionable picture of yourself from the 80’s or 90’s  with a caption that explains how HIV stigma should remain in the past, just like your old hairstyle. Use the hashtag “#HIVNotRetro” to share your thoughts and spread awareness.

Another way to show support for those with HIV/AIDS is wearing a red ribbon. The red ribbon has become a symbol for the effort to raise awareness of these conditions. You can also help the cause more directly by donating to AIDS charities and organizations. One local group that takes donations is the Utah AIDS Foundation.  The American Foundation for AIDS Research is a national organization doing great work to help find a cure for AIDS.

HIV/AIDS and Social Security Disability

We hope that the ideas on this page encouraged you to participate in the effort to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day is just one of many ways to help the push towards a cure. The more people there are contributing to this effort, the greater its chances of success.

If you suffer from HIV, and the symptoms are severe enough that you cannot work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. At Summit Disability Law Group, we are dedicated to helping deserving clients win these benefits. If you have any questions about this, please contact us today.

Photo “World AIDS Day” copyright by Ted Eytan.