On World AIDS Day, we take a moment to reflect on how we can support those who are currently living with HIV and those who have lost loved ones to this virus.
Over the years there have been incredible scientific advances and many laws have been enacted to protect people living with HIV. Today we understand much more about how to support those impacted by the virus. Yet, with 34 million people who have HIV globally and more than 35 million who have died from the virus, there is still so much to do.
In a world where stigma and discrimination are often faced by the LGBTQ community, World AIDS Day is an opportunity to educate young people about their health, the health of others, and how to treat everyone with respect and understanding. Throughout November, we’ve shared educational materials for LGBQ and trans youth about practicing safe sex, and we’ve raised awareness about how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today.
However, the education must continue beyond World AIDS Day, and when youth ask us questions on the Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorText, and TrevorSpace.org, we are committed to sharing facts and knowledge. This year, you can share your support of World AIDS Day by not only wearing a red ribbon, but also educating yourself and raising awareness. And, if you or someone you know needs support during this time, call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386.
Our hearts go out to all those in the community who have been affected by AIDS and HIV, and we hope you know, we are here to offer support when you need us, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.