Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude for what matters in our lives. In that spirit, Thanksgiving also marks the lead-up to World AIDS Day (December 1). World AIDS Day prompts us to reflect on how far we’ve come in responding to HIV and to cherish the contributions of so many who are working to create an AIDS-free generation.
Today, I want to honor all those who are making a difference in the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. That group includes: people living with HIV and their partners, friends, and families; service providers; medical professionals and scientists; advocates and policy makers; and our colleagues from across the U.S. Government — including Federal staff at HHS, HUD, Justice, Labor, and VA — and so many others.
In 10 days, World AIDS Day will once again offer an opportunity to make a difference. The observance inspires us to redouble efforts for education, for supporting HIV testing, and for linking people to sustained care.
I hope you will join all of us in observing World AIDS Day! You can get more information about activities and events for the day at AIDS.gov.