Thursday, December 1, 2016

Radio Show: Observing World AIDS Day 2016

Since 1988, we have observed World AIDS Day.

In this episode of The Randy Report radio show, I share messages from world leaders like President Obama and Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, along with his own remembrances of the impact of this hideous disease.

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st day of December each year, and it is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. HIV is no longer a death sentence. However, people’s attitudes can make living with HIV really difficult.

Some things from the 1980s and 1990s are worth revisiting, but HIV stigma isn’t one of them. It’s time to end HIV stigma.

During this show, I take a look into the history of the day, how the world looks at the ongoing epidemic and what it means to us as individuals.

What can you do? What is on the horizon in terms of HIV treatment?

Plus, I share my own initial encounter with HIV and what it meant to a 20-something gay man in NYC at the time.

And if you're at a loss for what to do to be a part of this World AIDS Day, I suggests a donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which has been at the forefront of the epidemic since the mid-80s.

Take a listen, and feel free to share this show. Together we can make a difference.

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