World AIDS Day – December 1, 2020
In 1988, the very first World AIDS Day was observed on December 1st. It is a day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against the AIDS epidemic, to show support for those living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have lost their battles to an AIDS-related illness. Action Wellness has proudly recognized World AIDS Day since its inception, and has used December 1st as a day to remember those lost to HIV, reach out to those who need our services, and shed more light on the continuing struggles of those living with HIV.
32 years later, those living with HIV are facing a new threat: the COVID-19 pandemic. Those served by Action Wellness are at a greater risk of serious illness and complications from COVID-19. An estimated 30,000 people are living with HIV in the Greater Philadelphia Region according to Philadelphia’s Department of Health, and Philadelphians are being infected at a rate five times the national average. Now more than ever, we need the support of Action Heroes like YOU! Will you answer the call?
We’re inviting you to join us for our annual World AIDS Day awareness campaign, Action Heroes Wear Red! Starting today until November 23rd, you can help us to shine a spotlight on the ongoing struggle of living with HIV by taking part in our Action Heroes Wear Red campaign.
It’s easy to be an Action Hero and make a difference! Just put on your favorite red clothing item, create a caption or download a sign that explains why you are taking action, and say cheese! 📷 Be the star of your own photo or share the spotlight with your BFFs, family, colleagues, school group or furry friends! Then, send us your photo using this form. You can also email your photo to email@example.com
As in previous years, Action Wellness was privileged to continue its longstanding partnership with Philadelphia Gay News to produce a special World AIDS Day news supplement. You can read the 2019 issue HERE.