December 1 is World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day is an important part of raising global awareness about HIV and AIDS. It’s a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have lost their lives due to AIDS or HIV related conditions.

HIV can affect anyone. There is no vaccine or cure for HIV, however there are highly effective treatments. People with HIV take medications on a daily basis to maintain their HIV at an undetectable level and to keep them healthy. Today, HIV is considered a chronic but manageable condition, and people with HIV can lead long and healthy lives, with a similar life expectancy to a person who does not have HIV.

To learn more about HIV, AIDS and to find ways to show your support, visit the World AIDS Day Australia website.