Saturday, December 1, 2012

World AIDS Day 2012: A Day to Remember the AIDS Pandemic

World AIDS Day 2012: A Day to Remember the AIDS Pandemic


It’s that time of the year again, when AIDS is mentioned in the mainstream media. Although to be honest, this year, if we listened closely, we did hear the word AIDS this summer, during the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. That in itself is a sign of progress, thanks to President Obama’s decision to lift the travel ban on HIV individuals and, with that, to allow the US to once again host the International AIDS Conference.

But that took place during the summer. Today is December 1st, World AIDS Day, celebrated for the first time on December 1st, 1988. I guess the meaning of World AIDS Day is subject of interpretation and may differ from one individual to another. But usually, AIDS related organizations plan events around this day. So do art galleries showing AIDS inspired work, for example Day Without Art (DWA) or Postcards from the Edge at Visual AIDS gallery in New York City.

Here are a few events happening on and around December 1st, 2012, World AIDS Day:

1. President Obama signs World AIDS Day proclamation

2. NY State Department of Health holds a Healthy Living Expo, December 4th

3. The UN sets its goals for 2015 and to “get to zero”

4. UN Time and Date list of events

5. Florida Department of Health teams up with We Make the Change to observe World AIDS Day 2012, and bring us vital information about the pandemic: statistics, links to resources, prevention and education programs, HIV/AIDS hotline contact information, and much more.





While AIDS has a human face and while the epidemic is not only about numbers, AIDS statistics help bring into focus the importance of the continuing on our effort to “get to zero” (infections) goal. So, here’s an AIDS profile in numbers, conform the Florida Department of Health:

1. 1 in 5 people in the US have been infected with HIV and are not aware of it

2. 50,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year

3. Almost 100,000 Floridian residents are living with HIV

For more vital information about HIV/AIDS, please visit We Make the Change campaign.


More links to HIV/AIDS resources and other information:

The National AIDS Museum


Image of Bethesda Angel in Central Park taken with a lensbaby by Alina Oswald. Angel in Central Park was inspired by Angels in America and now is part of the AIDS Museum permanent collection.
Image of Bethesda Angel in Central Park taken with a lensbaby by Alina Oswald. Angel in Central Park was inspired by Angels in America and now is part of the AIDS Museum permanent collection.


Caregiver, by Rick R. Reed

I Am That Child, by Elizabeth Geitz

Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS, by Alina Oswald with photographs by Kurt Weston
Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS. FREE Today, December 1st, World AIDS Day, from SMASHWORDS. Use COUPON SY98T

Journeys Through Darkness is available for FREE on December 1st, World AIDS Day. Use Coupon SY98T. Journeys will be available at a discounted price of $.99 throughout the month of December.

No Time to Lose, by Peter Piot, Founder and Former CEO of UNAIDS

Well With My Soul, by Gregory G. Allen


As always, thanks for stopping by!
Alina Oswald
Author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS