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What World Aids Day means to me

By Clifford A. Williams.


WORLD AIDS DAY for me begins with a great thank you for those pioneers in activism because of their sacrifice and service standing shoulder to shoulder in the trenches.

I always think in order for me to live, some others died 3 to 4 letter in the alphabet and our world was forever changed.

I reflect on my life’s journey and take note of my actions and behavior before I became HIV positive.

World Aids Day means so much to me because I lost my first wife and a few friends to this disease, since finding my own positive status 13 years ago on my Birthday.

I give thanks to the activist who fought so I am now able to receive treatment and care and that I continue with great results.

– Clifford A. Williams is an AIDS Activist based in Philadelphia, USA.


December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) established the annual observance in 1988 as a way to offer communities the chance to unite to fight against the HIV/AIDS stigma, commemorate those who have lost the battle with AIDS, and also show support for those who are living with the disease.

Though new HIV infections have fallen by 39 percent and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 33 percent since 2000, HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives a year, according to WHO. The disease has claimed more than 35 million lives so far.