World AIDS Day
Since the first cases of “Gay Cancer” were reported in 1981, over 200,000 Californians have contracted HIV/AIDS and nearly 90,000 in the state have died during the following three decades.
As infection rates decrease with education and prevention, and with rapidly improving medicine and policies keeping people healthy longer, there are still up to 7,000 new HIV infections in California every year.
Today, on this World AIDS Day, we remember those who have been lost, acknowledge those heros who fought to bring attention to the plight of those suffering from this deadly disease and celebrate the advances that have been made in medicine, technology and social policy that have fundamentally reshaped what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. As we observe the 31st anniversary of HIV/AIDS, we ask you to share your stories of how the epidemic has impacted your life in the comments section below.