“Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise” is the theme for today’s World AIDS Day.
Within the next 25 years, AIDS-related illnesses are likely to become the third leading cause of death worldwide after heart disease and stroke, the Miami Herald reported Monday.
We should take HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention seriously because this epidemic affects us all.
According to worldaidsday.org, around 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS throughout the world.
It states on www.omhrc.gov that there are an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 HIV-positive individuals living in the United States. Approximately 40,000 new infections occur every year.
The United States, like other nations around the world, is deeply effected by HIV/AIDS.
In close-knit environments, such as college towns, people should especially be careful and aware of this topic. Let us from this day forth fight prejudices and ignorance surrounding HIV/AIDS.
We are among more than 40,000 college students from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University.
For different reasons, students are contracting STDs, such as HIV/AIDS, at an alarming rate.
We cannot stress enough the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness. There are several other HIV/AIDS days, including National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day on Feb. 7.
We just want to direct everybody in the right direction and to encourage all to join in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
Siraaj Sabree for Editorial Board.