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End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics.

Communities across the U.S. and world observe World AIDS Day on December 1

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic the dual scourges of HIV and COVID have revealed and intensified persistent inequities globally. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is “End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics,” which reflects the urgent need to address the inequalities that undermine progress on both fronts. According to UNAIDS, 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported the global HIV response is off track “because of structural inequalities that obstruct proven solutions to HIV prevention and treatment.”

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In the U.S., Black and Latino communities bear the brunt of both HIV and COVID-19. For both groups, addressing gaps in access to care and treatment—and the often deadly impacts of stigma and systemic injustice—will be critical to bringing an end to both diseases. In 2019 Black Americans accounted for 14% of the U.S. population, but 42% of new HIV diagnoses, and Latinos accounted for nearly 30% new HIV diagnoses.

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

The Purposely Podcast will host an episode on December 1 to coincide with World AIDS Day featuring amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, who will discuss amfAR’s HIV cure research efforts.

In the U.S., Black and Latino communities bear the brunt of both HIV and COVID-19.amfAR will continue its peer-to-peer fundraising initiative with a December Charity Livestream Campaign on Tiltify. The event, which will raise awareness and funds for amfAR’s HIV cure research programs, will feature streamers including celebrity drag performer Ongina, her friends such as JustJaremi, Elix, JustinPlus, Deere, Merru, and more.

On December 1, GATE and amfAR will present a webinar on transgender inclusion in HIV National Strategic Plans (NSPs). Jennifer Sherwood and Elise Lankiewicz of amfAR will share information on their systematic review of HIV NSPs from 60 countries, and will be joined by speakers from UNAIDS, the Global Fund, and the transgender community. You can access amfAR’s series of infographics on transgender inclusion in NSPs here.

The Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health will observe World AIDS Day on December 1 with an event titled “The Role of Research in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.” Featuring NIH leadership and researchers along with other HIV/AIDS experts, the event will include discussions about what’s next for the HIV research field, interdisciplinary partnerships necessary for success, and the integral role of community stakeholders.