As October comes to an end, and we begin to head toward another holiday season, it is once again time to prepare for World AIDS Day / Day With(out) Art and reflect on the passing year in AIDS history. Now, more than 30 years after the term was first used by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the fight against AIDS still continues. Our outlooks, public attitudes and statistics may have ebbed and flowed over the years, but the nature of the disease process remains unchanged. Despite increasingly lax attitudes, the threat is still real. Which is why, each year, we return our focus to spreading awareness in the hope that one day, this will no longer be true.
Only time will tell what the future holds, but here’s hoping the end of the pandemic is near.