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Aired Dec 1, 2022

The 34th Annual World AIDS Day

Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day, is a global event meant to support the estimated 38 million people living with HIV and AIDS and commemorate the more than 35 million people who have lost their lives since the virus was first identified in 1984.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, December 1. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here

Article: World AIDS Day draws attention to the epidemic

Source: Bay Area Reporter

Author: Eric Burkett

Questions for Discussion:

  1. When do you remember first learning about HIV and AIDS? What did you learn about it at that time? Was it accurate? If you answered “no”, why do you think that was the case?

  2. For decades, HIV and AIDS was frequently and prominently discussed in many spaces, including in the LGBTQ+ community. However, that has changed. Why do you think that’s the case? Do you think that there need to be more conversations — beyond annual commemorations — about it?

  3. Addressing HIV and AIDS is a conversation that often happens in conjunction with discussions of how to eliminate other communicable diseases like hepatitis and tuberculosis. Have you ever thought about why these diseases are often addressed collectively? Do you think it is helpful to use this framework for discussing public health issues?

Bonus Resources: Check out these resources about World AIDS Day from the CDC, UNAIDS, and all of the phenomenal resources from IAPAC.

About Our Guests:

José M. Zuniga, President/Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC)

Ways to Watch:

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Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.