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Why Not Reclaim December 1 as “World HIV Day”?

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jimdublin

Look hate to say it, they feel AIDS is too negative well sorry to break it to them but HIV attracts stigma as well, it no picnic as a name. But instead of changing by challenging the perception they want something happy and stigma free so in that case leave WAD as it is and they can have June 1st ? - and call it "World Sprinkles and Sunshine Day" ?? - The stigma will follow when they find out its HIV but sure will keep them happy for a moment .

December 9, 2016

jimdublin

The day we stand still in our busy lives to recall and remember the loved ones lost in our past and those currently still being lost each year. AIDS is here with us and today it is even more sad, as we now live in a world where medically loads can be done, yet it is not. Truth is AIDS a deadly problem to ignore, and disrespectful to our past to forget.

December 9, 2016

Edreama

1.1 million people worldwide died in 2014 from AIDS related illness's. Although we have science to end the epidemic it is not over yet. How self-serving to change the name rather than fight the stigma associated with the term. I have AIDS and gave been living with for over 15 years. HIV positive for 15 years before my first O/I. We have not lost 35 million people according to WHO to HIV, they have,died from AIDS!

December 9, 2016 Boonton NJ

leatherman

even their website pisses me off. "AIDS was our past". what a load of crap. Here in the Southern states of the USA, 15% of those diagnosed with HIV and 25% of those diagnosed with AIDS die within 5 years!! AIDS is still an epidemic in the South and the "end of AIDS" is still a LONG way away. I led the candlelight service for World AIDS Day event held at the local University this year. I spoke up for 3 friends of mine who died of AIDS this past year. That's what World AIDS Day is about :(

December 8, 2016

leatherman

While I don't mind aids.gov becoming hiv.gov (treatment/prevention IS about HIV), changing the name of the memorial day to remember those who have died with AIDS is just sacreligious! find your own day to memorialize HIV (really?? wtf? who wants to memorialize HIV? Certainly not me after living with it for 32 yrs) and leave Dec 1 to remember 35 million people worldwide who had died from AIDS, including 659,000 Americans (9437 in SC and 12001 in OH, some who were my dear friends and partners)

December 8, 2016

harley cox

Us PWAs will have our Red Ribbon back thanks too. World HIV day can find it's own date and symbols without stealing them.

December 4, 2016

harley cox

If organizations want to distance themselves from AIDS and people living with AIDS that's their prerogative. But they certainly lose the mantle of working for all people with HIV by marginalizing people with AIDS. It's beginning to look like they are discriminating against people with a disability.

December 4, 2016

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