Ways You Can Help End the AIDS Epidemic
Today is World AIDS Day, a day to stand in solidarity with all people living with or affected by HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Here are some actions you can take to help end the epidemic and uplift people living with HIV and AIDS.
- Learn the basics. A good place to start for HIV 101 is HIVcare.org or HIV.gov
- Know your status. Get tested and understand your risk factors.
- Practice HIV prevention. Use condoms and learn if you're a candidate for PrEP, a medication that prevents HIV, or PEP, a medication that helps stop HIV transmission after an exposure.
- Stop the stigma. Talk about HIV testing, HIV prevention and being HIV positive without shame. Be able to have open, honest conversations about HIV.
- Understand that U=U: Undetectable Equals Untransmittable. Staying on HIV medications and getting an undetectable HIV viral load means the virus cannot be transmitted to others through sex.
- Honor activists that have paved the way, particularly Black trans sex workers, who are disproportionally impacted by HIV.
- Provide financial support directly to individuals as well as organizations that center LGBTQ people and BIPOC such as: