Posted December 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM
by Kenzi Green, Director of Communications, College Democrats of America
Each year, College Democrats around the country recognize World AIDS Day to stand with those affected by HIV/AIDS and to remember those lost to this devastating pandemic. But more than a day of remembrance, World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to renew our commitment in the fight against AIDS.
As young Americans, we have the responsibility to do our part to stop the spread of HIV. A study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that “young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent).” These statistics are jarring, but what is most shocking is the fact that these infections are largely preventable. We have the ability to create an AIDS-free generation.
In his Proclamation for World AIDS Day 2012, President Obama said, “Creating an AIDS-free generation is a shared responsibility. It requires commitment from partner countries, coupled with support from donors, civil society, people living with HIV, faith-based organizations, the private sector, foundations, and multilateral institutions. We stand at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and working together, we can realize our historic opportunity to bring that fight to an end.”
As CDA kicks off it’s December service initiative, #CDAServes, we encourage our members to become a part of this opportunity to eradicate HIV/AIDS once and for all. Get tested, and encourage your friends to do the same. Work with fellow College Dems and other student organizations to educate your campus about the prevention resources available to them. Work with your local, state and federal representatives, and encourage them to provide full funding for HIV/AIDS education, testing and treatment programs. Get involved with local non-profits to ensure that access to sexual health programming is available in your community.
College Dems, World AIDS Day 2012 provides us with a call to action. An AIDS-free generation is within our grasp, but we have to act now. Let’s get to work.