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Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation

Posted November 30th, 2012 by

World AIDS Day Is Saturday, December 1, 2012

Saturday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day (hashtag #WAD2012), a time for re-upping your vigilance and awareness levels about HIV/AIDS.  The global AIDS crisis is not over until an AIDS-free society is achieved, and unfortunately, we’re not there yet.  That’s why the US theme for World AIDS Day 2012 is “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

More than 30 years after the first reports of AIDS in the United States, approximately 50,000 Americans are still contracting HIV – the virus that can lead to AIDS – each year.  In addition, nearly 1 in 5 individuals living with HIV is unaware of his or her infection.  That’s why we can’t become complacent about HIV prevention and treatment.

Facing AIDS Is an Ongoing AIDS.gov Social Media Campaign

Join PatientsLikeMe partner AIDS.gov in “Facing AIDS.”  What can you do to help?  Start by reminding everyone you know that they can locate a local HIV testing site by texting their zip code to “KNOWIT” (566948) or using the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Provider Locator.  You can also set an example in your peer group by going and getting tested yourself.

Living with HIV?  Connect with the 3,000+ members of PatientsLikeMe’s HIV Community for information, support and advice.  If you know your HIV type (e.g., HIV-1: Group M: Type B), you can now search for those with the same type as you and learn from their experiences, including what medications they’ve taken and how they rate each drug’s effectiveness, costs and side effects.  From Atripla to Truvada to Norvir, discover how our patients evaluate commonly prescribed HIV treatments and read their battle-tested tips.

The point is that working together can improve care – and increase prevention.  Join the millions of Americans working towards an AIDS-free generation today.


Write, Snap and Share for World AIDS Day

Posted December 1st, 2011 by

Join AIDS.gov in "Facing AIDS" for World AIDS Day

Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day.  30 years after the first reports of AIDS in the United States, HIV – the virus that can lead to AIDS – is still a reality for 1.1 million Americans.  Complicating matters is that fact that one in every five people living with HIV in the United States is unaware that he or she is infected.

That’s why, despite increased awareness of HIV/AIDS, we still need to do more to ensure that every American who may be at risk gets tested. PatientsLikeMe is joining the AIDS.gov initiative in “Facing AIDS” today.  This social media campaign is an easy way to show your support of The National HIV/AIDS Strategy – and it’s inspired by the current trend of taking photos while holding a sign with a message written on it.  Are you ready to join the campaign too?

As the video above illustrates, here’s how it works:

  1. Write. Download a sign and add a message about why you are “Facing AIDS.”
  2. Snap. Take a photo holding your sign and upload it to the Facing AIDS Gallery.
  3. Share. Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc.) to share your photo.

What else can you do?  Remind people that you can locate your local HIV testing site by texting your zip code to “KNOWIT” (566948) or using the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Provider Locator, which includes maps and directions.   Also, check out and share our video about how one member has faced HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years (it has 40,000+ views on YouTube so far!), and if you’re a PatientsLikeMe member, subscribe to AIDS.gov’s profile page for updates.

Only by facing AIDS can we prevent it.