World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV; show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever health day and the first one was held in 1988.
For the first time, we can see an end to an epidemic that has wrought such staggering devastation around the world and in our communities. We must recognize our accomplishments this year with the advancement of biomedical prevention but continue to recognize our challenge of reaching marginalized communities like young men of color who have sex with men and transgendered individuals in the South.
On December 1 and this entire month, let us not only remember the facts and numbers about HIV, let us remember the names and faces of those we have lost along the way.
Yours In The Fight,
Marvell L. Terry, II
P.S. On behalf of myself and The Board of Directors of The Red Door Foundation, thank you for your groundbreaking support in 2013.