Know your status
Dec. 1 marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health. Since then, every year, United Nations agencies and governments join together to campaign around specific themes related to AIDS. This year’s theme: Know your status. Because when people know their status, they’re empowered to make choices about HIV prevention and treatment.
While significant medical and societal progress has been made related to AIDS since 1988, there’s still work to be done to ensure that people know their status and that those living with HIV are linked to quality care and prevention services.
Unfortunately, barriers to HIV testing remain. Stigma and discrimination still deter people from taking HIV tests. Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern. And, as a result, many people still only get tested after becoming ill and symptomatic.
The good news is that there are many new ways of expanding access to HIV testing. Self-testing, community-based testing and multi-disease testing are all helping people to know their HIV status.
Please join me and the RSM Pride employee network group, along with the rest of our 9,000+ people this World AIDS Day in raising awareness about the importance of knowing your status. Quite simply: it can save lives.