December 1, 2018 marks the 30th global World AIDS Day, to raise awareness about the continued epidemic, to unite together against the virus, to commemorate those who have died and to show support for the over 34 million people currently living with HIV worldwide. The red ribbon is worn by people all over the world as a symbol of awareness and support of people living with HIV and AIDS. It was created when HIV was highly stigmatized, and the suffering of communities and individuals living with HIV remained largely hidden. This symbol helped bring HIV into the public consciousness and has led to better medical care, less discrimination against those living with the virus, increased support for those working to find a cure, widespread prevention education and voluntary testing programs, and a recognition that HIV ultimately affects us all. As we continue to support treatment, prevention and testing efforts, may all of us continue to reach out to those infected and affected, that they may experience with love, dignity and hope.
Holy One, bless all those who suffer due to HIV and AIDS. Help us to reach out to them and to show them that they are not alone. May we offer our love and support in whatever ways we can. Bless those who are working hard to find a means of prevention and cure. Bless those who dedicate themselves to education and HIV testing so that the spread of the virus can be stopped and early treatment can help people live healthy and productive lives. We pray for a world free from HIV/AIDS.(Shared by Sr. Beatrice Hernandez).