Stigma surrounding the immunodeficiency syndrome commonly known as HIV may have faded in the past three decades since its initial discovery, but there is still an estimated 36.7 million people who live with the virus that eventually leads to AIDS.
That is just one statistic circulating the public on Friday, December 1, in support of World AIDS Day, which is observed globally each year to stand in solidarity with people living with the condition, to commemorate those who died, and to continue to highlight efforts to fight HIV, organizers said.
If you're noticing a lot of red today, it's not because of the holidays. The color red, and, specifically the red ribbon, is considered the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV.
Former President Bill Clinton is expected to deliver a keynote speech Friday during an event at San Francisco's Memorial Grove. The event, according to the San Francisco Examiner, occurs more than 25 years after work first began on the memorial in 1991. Local activists conceived the idea for the memorial in 1988 as a place of solitude to grieve and remember those who lost their lives to AIDS.
The event's location is significant for Clinton, who signed legislation by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in 1996 designating the spot as the nation's only National AIDS Memorial.