World AIDS Day

posted on Thu, Dec 1 2011 10:03 am by Heron

Today Family Equality Council adds our voice to those around the globe honoring World AIDS Day by lending our support to the millions of families impacted by HIV/AIDS.  On November 8, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced a new federal plan for HIV prevention, calling for the creation of an “AIDS-free generation.”  But at the end of 2010, there were 34 million HIV-positive people across the world.  In her speech, Secretary Clinton noted:
We’ve made a lot of progress together in the last 30 years. It hasn’t been easy. It hasn’t been without controversy. But it has been steady, and we have stayed the course as a nation. In these difficult budget times, we have to remember that investing in our future is the smartest investment we can make. And generations of American policymakers and taxpayers have supported the NIH, medical research, scientific work, not because we thought everything was going to produce an immediate result but because we believe that through these investments, human progress would steadily, steadily continue.

Let’s not stop now. Let’s keep focused on the future. And one of those futures that I hope we can be part of achieving is an AIDS-free generation.

On this World AIDS Day, we urge our families to start their own AIDS-free generation. Start by getting yourself tested. Knowing your status is the simplest step towards HIV prevention and treatment.  Then talk to your children about HIV and how to prevent it.  Knowledge is power and education is the key.