The following comes from Carolyn Simon, HRC’s editorial and content manager.

World AIDS Day is held each December 1 and is an opportunity for us to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education about the disease. World AIDS Day was first held in 1988, and it continues to remind us that HIV/AIDS has not gone away, and there is much work to be done to combat the global crisis.

By now, you’ve probably read about celebrities who are silencing their social media accounts to raise awareness – but you don’t have to be a celebrity to take action.

This year, HRC is creating a mosaic of people who support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Add your image to the mosaic of people – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight – and then tweet and update your Facebook status messages inviting your friends to do the same.

Simply raising awareness about the disease can make a huge difference. We saw that earlier this year when the Obama administration released the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which sets specific goals for reducing the number of new infections and increasing care for people who are living with HIV/AIDS. The strategy specifically targets the LGBT community, which continues to be disproportionately affected by the disease.

To join the mosaic and to learn more, visit

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