34 million people globally are living with HIV or AIDS. Despite being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. The theme of this year's World AIDS Day campaign is HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong. The aim of the campaign is to try to change people's attitudes about HIV and their attitudes towards those living with HIV today. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away - there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Don't forget to wear your red ribbon today to help spread awareness of World AIDS Day. You can purchase a red ribbon from any of the World AIDS Day partners, with the proceeds going to HIV research and treatment. Also, be sure to join the global conversation on social media using the hashtag #WorldAIDSDay or #WAD2016.
In support of World AIDS Day, OPENPediatrics is helping to raise awareness by featuring our newest Global Health World Shared Practice Forum, "Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in the United States and Globally: Successes and Challenges."
Be sure to check out OPENPediatrics additional video, "HIV in the PICU" by Dr. Robin Green.