World AIDS Day 2012
Our yearly commemoration of AIDS Day includes our award-winning film series "Faces of AIDS," as well as resources and a round-up of first-rate editorial features on the state of the epidemic - plus, new for 2012, "Portraits of Hope" - an interactive exhibit of creative individuals who have been touched by the disease.
Sex education is where many young adults separate fact from fiction. When it comes to HIV, many believe the disease is no big deal, even though the stigma endures.
For those Americans who want to serve their country in the military, having HIV is a dealbreaker, as military policy says soldiers must be able to withstand adverse situations and potential combat scenarios. But what about active service members?
In developing countries across the world, Depo Provera is administered as a birth control method that women can control. But it may lower immune function, leaving them susceptible to HIV infection.
Although many people can now live long, healthy lives with HIV, the stigma remains, keeping people from getting tested and fomenting violence and discrimination. Groups like The Stigma Project work to neutralize this stigma.
An HIV vaccine to inoculate high-risk populations against the virus is three decades in the making, and progress continues to be slow. An upcoming trial of a Novartis product is planned for 2015, but even if successful, won’t be widely available til 2021.
In addition to health fairs, HIV testing and art exhibits, Boston will light the Prudential Center red for World AIDS Day.
Northern California’s Bay Area will host a variety of World AIDS Day events on Dec. 1 to raise awareness of the still-prevalent global pandemic.
New York City will commemorate World AIDS Day with events from candlelight vigils, health fairs and HIV testing events to a special exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum.
EDGE takes a look back at the year in HIV, from the FDA approval of Stribild and Truvada, to the promise of a cure with the Berlin patient, to the president’s repeal of the HIV travel ban and the 19th Annual International AIDS Conference.
While HIV/AIDS may be a manageable disease for first-world countries, in Africa, the global epidemic rages, with little resources to treat the infected. And alarming numbers of new infections continue in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Central America.