It’s December. Christmas is coming. ‘Tis the season and all that, but if there’s one color I wish we’d all see this holiday season – it’s red.
Not just because of Santa ‐ but because of red ribbons – and the message they represent to the thousands of people in New Mexico living with HIV or AIDS.
World AIDS Day was December 1st, but the message of that day and the red ribbons pinned to peoples’ shirts translates into action by the Department of Health’s offices across the southwest.
World AIDS Day is held every December 1st as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day when it was first launched 1988, and with good reason.
An estimated 34 million people worldwide have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive diseases in history, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of 2012, 472 of people in southwest New Mexico are living with HIV/AIDS, with 2900 people statewide.