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World Aids Day has been designated on December 1 every year since 1988. World Aids Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection and morning those who have died of the disease.

World Aids Day also aims to spread the awareness that division, disparity, and the disregard for human rights are among the failures that allowed HIV to become and remain a global health crisis. Now, COVID-19 is exacerbating inequities and disruptions to services, making the lives of many people living with HIV more challenging. Having a serious illness, like HIV, can be another source of major stress. People diagnosed with HIV face challenges of their well-being and experience further complication of existing mental health conditions. All chronic diseases come with a myriad of long-lasting feelings such as shame, guilt, and resentment all which can lead to anxiety and depression.

Help Restorative Health and Life to commemorate those who have died from the HIV disease and those who continue to battle the disease daily.

I am asking that you become involved in the World Aids Day by wearing a red ribbon. This is the most broadly recognized way of showing your support on World AIDS Day. Red symbolizes blood, and the pain caused by the disease.

Author: Dana Papania, Counseling Practicum Student

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