World AIDS Day has taken place annually on December 1st since 1988, when it was established as the first global health day in history. The purpose of World AIDS Day is to support individuals diagnosed with HIV, as well as to celebrate the lives of those individuals who have died from an AIDS-related illness. This year’s theme is Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.

The AIDS virus, which researchers identified in 1984, already has claimed the lives of more than 35 million people. Globally, there are currently 36.7 million individuals who are living with HIV. About 1.1 million of those individuals live in the United States, and about one in seven don’t even know that they have HIV. Although AIDS initially was considered to be a disease that affected only the gay community and intravenous drug users, that is simply no longer the case. While AIDS continues to disproportionately affect the male gay and bisexual populations, many heterosexual individuals also have HIV.

Given the widespread impact of the AIDS virus on people across the world in a relatively short period of time, it is essential that we recognize the continued need to raise money for research, combat discrimination, and educate individuals in all countries worldwide. While many advances in education, research, and knowledge have occurred with respect to HIV since 1984, there still remains significant work that is necessary to continue fighting HIV and ensuring that those with HIV suffer no discrimination.

At Argentino Family Law & Child Advocacy, LLC, we recognize World AIDS Day so that the government and members of the public across the state of New Jersey will continue to promote HIV awareness, support research projects, and educate the public across the state of New Jersey. Since our daily work deals with families and relationships, we are cognizant of the fact that HIV affects many individuals with whom we come into contact, as well as the LGBTQ community at large.

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