World AIDS Day

A crowd of about 50 people attended the dedication ceremony for the AIDS Memorial of Snohomish County in December 2005 (Michael O’Leary / Herald file)

“Global solidarity, shared responsibility” was the theme for the last World AIDS Day on December 1, 2021. In a difficult year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, we see yet again how deadly diseases including HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 reveal persistent inequities across the United States and around the world. And yet again we know that we cannot win the fight against either disease without addressing gaps in access to health care and lifesaving treatment, as well as the often deadly impacts of stigma and systemic injustice.

In the U.S., Black and Latino communities bear the brunt of both HIV and COVID-19. In 2018 Black Americans accounted for 13% of the U.S. population, but 42% of new HIV diagnoses, and Latinos accounted for about one in four new HIV diagnoses. Looking at Black communities in the U.S., an amfAR study revealed how disproportionately Black counties in the U.S. are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations, communities, and individuals around the world observe World AIDS Day with events and activities on and around December 1.

APSC + Lifelong World AIDS Day celebration on Dec. 1, 2021

In honor of 2021 World AIDS Day, APSC board members joined our friends at Lifelong at the Snohomish County AIDS Memorial to commemorate this special day, to honor all we have lost from AIDS and the millions who are living with HIV and AIDS around the world, and to raise awareness of this issue.

Please keep an eye on this website for 2022 World AIDS Day event plans coming your way in fall of 2022. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to partner with us on planning!