World AIDS Day is December 1

World AIDS Day takes place December 1 of each year.  It is a time when people across the world can take the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and show support for those living with HIV, and remember those that have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses.  Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

You can read more about World AIDS Day on the official website*.

Find an event near you and get involved for World AIDS Day 2019.  Show your support by wearing a red ribbon.  Get tested and update your HIV status.  Learn about advances in HIV prevention and care.  Share resources on HIV and World AIDS Day on your social media.  There are many ways to get involved.

This year marks the first full year of Virginia’s Comprehensive Harm Reduction (CHR) program.  Virginia’s CHR program provides new syringes and needles, disposes of used syringes, refers participants to drug treatment and medical care, distributes Naloxone (to reverse overdoses), provides education and counseling, provides testing for HIV, hepatitis and other diseases, and provides referrals to social services and insurance.  Since the beginning of the program, 553 Virginians were tested for HIV.  The program has found previously-identified HIV-positive persons and re-engaged them into medical care.  For more information on the Virginia CHR program or to find locations, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/disease-prevention/chr/.

For Virginia Medication Assistance Program clients:  Remember that open enrollment for 2020 could be ending soon, depending on your health plan.  Read the enrollment announcement and take action now.

The Virginia Disease Prevention Hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm.  You can reach a counselor at 800-533-4148.

*This website link is the official WorldAIDSDay.org website and is provided to give background on the global health day.  VDH providing this link does not constitute an endorsement of the organization’s campaign or a request for donations to the campaign. more>>