World AIDS Day: Learn. Respect. Join The Fight.

Many people may not realize the importance of knowing facts rather than fiction.

HIV/AIDS has had a negative stigma for the last century and spreading awareness of the fatal disease is important in order to educate people of its impending status around the world.

In fact, an estimated 34 million people around the globe have HIV according to WorldAIDSday.org and many may not know they have the disease (as scary as it may sound).

That’s what it’s very important to test yourself even if you’re 100 percent sure you don’t have it.

There’s also nothing wrong with sharing your HIV status with others. Don’t be hesitant, don’t be afraid. As stated, HIV/AIDS carries a negative social construct and many believe you can easily get it by kissing.

We’re all in this fight together, and simply spreading awareness can help us all understand and respect others that may be inflicted with HIV/AIDS.

If you want to learn more about being HIV aware, visit the WorldAIDSday.org website where you can learn about all the different types of fundraising events near you!

You can also visit AIDS.gov to join events and locating HIV testing centers and other services to get more informed.

At the end of the day, knowledge is power and we all have the power to create a more safer, supporting and understanding place for all.

Written by Dannii C.

girl group advocate. latino. prospective teacher. multi-instrumentalist. self-proclaimed Twitter-ologist @oscahhhhh.