This day serves to focus global attention on the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS
Observance of this day provides an opportunity for governments, national AIDS programs, churches, community organizations and individuals to demonstrate the importance of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Presently it is estimated that 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, with 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS. With a goal of reducing the number of new HIV cases to 750 by 2020. New York State is in the forefront of ending the AIDS epidemic. In the past ten years, New York State has seen a 40% decrease in new HIV diagnoses, while the rest of the nation has remained even. Learn more about Governor Cuomo's Three-Point Plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State.
An AIDS Free Generation: Raising Hope for the Future
During the past few decades, the HIV epidemic has evolved from one of fear to one of hope. Advancements in prevention, care and treatment have had a significant impact on reducing new infections and enabling individuals to live longer healthier lives. Innovative treatment approaches such as pre-and post-exposure prophylaxis have shown great promise in reducing the spread of HIV among those most at risk for infection. Additionally, on a state, federal, and international level the U=U campaign has gained great momentum in the last year. U=U was acknowledged by the CDC in 2017, confirming the notion that PLWH who take ART as prescribed and achieve/maintain an undetectable viral load for 6 months have no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to a negative partner. Important work is ahead and we still have a way to go. However, together, through coordination and collaboration we all can continue to Raise Hope for an AIDS Free Generation.
Red Ribbon History
The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness and is worn as a sign of support for people living with HIV. It is a simple way to challenge the stigma and prejudice surrounding HIV and AIDS. Accept the Call to Action and wear a red ribbon for the entire month of December to remember those who have gone before us and celebrate the lives of those who are living with HIV/AIDS.
Each year, the Consumer Involvement Committee of the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council and United Way of Long Island recognizes individuals for their work with HIV/AIDS. The 2017 World AIDS Day Award Recipients are:
Dr. Rosenthal - Medical Director for the Center for Young Adult Adolescent and Pediatric HIV at Northwell Health
Theresa A Regnante - President and CEO of United Way of Long Island .
Marci Egel - Community leader and outreach worker at Thursday’s Child
Robert Santamaria - Community leader and peer worker at Options for Community Living