Remembrance, Solidarity, Celebration

Red RibbonToday is a day of remembrance. HIV has killed so many people, from the famous like John Boswell and Freddie Mercury, to those who were known only to their friends and family. Every life lost to HIV is a tragedy. I wear a red ribbon so that those who have died with HIV are not forgotten

Today is also a day of solidarity. HIV is still with us and it still affects millions of lives across the globe, in every sector of society. It can be hard to live with HIV, and I wear a red ribbon so that those who are living with HIV are not forgotten.

But most importantly, today is a day of celebration. I celebrate that the virus is being fought, and that fight is going well. Throughout the world HIV is being fought in laboratories. Throughout the world, HIV is being fought in doctors surgeries. And, throughout the world, HIV is being fought, no less significantly, in homes and in families. This is my seventh World AIDS Day in a serodiscordant relationship. I wear the red ribbon to celebrate this fight, and the happiness that it has brought to me and my husband, and to millions of others worldwide. I wear the red ribbon so that those who are newly diagnosed and scared may know the fight is worth it.

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