World AIDS Day
Since 1988, 1st December is the international day for awareness and remembrance of those who were affected by the pandemic caused by HIV infection.
Now, in 2020, the year forever known as the year COVID-19 happened, it is worth remembering that we all live political lives. And deaths. There is an active choice of leaving some people on the outskirts of society, and this is a political decision.
Coming back to the HIV pandemic, the main cause of so many deaths is linked to a resistance in spreading education on the theme.
We've moved far beyond the horrors of the 80's and bonded as a community over the trauma the disease imposed to gay men. However, the stigma is still present and much more can be done. It is worth remembering that people living with HIV and with access to medication can have extremely low levels of the virus. It is undetectable.
If undetectable, the virus is untransmittable. We have learnt in 2020 that efforts can be made to find the cure for a terrible virus and if there is a prospective intent to mass treatment. So we must unite and campaign to tackle AIDS intersectionally with matters of race, class and sexuality. The crisis is not over.
We have once more the chance and the duty to understand our existence through experiences of life and death. For that, we must consider non-heterosexual people as protagonists of history; we can no longer ignore them and/or the effects of the HIV.
The experiences of the LGBT+ community, therefore, are relational. Part and product of our times, intertwined in so many other aspects of society. And this acknowledgement is the key for a new educational and transformative approach. 1st December is the perfect day to start this again.