World AIDS Day 2021

It hasn’t gone away.

I hadn’t visited the AIDS Memorial in Barbara Hall Park for quite a while. After last week’s brief and beautiful snowfall, I went out to capture some shots and ended up spending some time in the Memorial. It is remarkable, and saddening, to look at all the names of those who have died of AIDS over the years. The late 80s and early 90s, especially, took the worst toll; there are several pillars dedicated to 1988-90 alone. As you scan chronologically through the plaques in the memorial, it’s indicative of the distance we’ve come in fighting this disease: there is only a solitary name on the 2021 plaque.

AIDS is still with us; it’s just more manageable now thanks to the variety of life-saving meds out there.

Today Is World AIDS Day

Created in 1988, World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st of each year. The Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.