November 30, 2010
This article was cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog.
FACING AIDS for the 37 friends I've lost to HIV.
Tomorrow, December 1, is World AIDS Day. This year was an important one for those of us working to respond to HIV -- from the signing of the Affordable Care Act, to the release of the White House National HIV/AIDS Strategy, to the exciting news about PrEP and microbicides.
On World AIDS Day, I want to pause to reflect on the vision laid out in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which says: "The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination."
That's a vision I believe in, and one I will work tirelessly with my colleagues around the country, and the world, to support. That's why I'm Facing AIDS this World AIDS Day. I hope you'll join me. Here's a few things we can all do:
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Read it.
On World AIDS Day, I think of the 37 friends I've lost to AIDS-related illnesses, and the friends who are still with me, living strong with HIV. I'm grateful for all of you who work so tirelessly to respond to HIV, and I'm proud to join you in Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day.
The AIDS.gov Team FACING AIDS for World AIDS Day, together, with YOU.
Miguel Gomez is the AIDS.gov Director.