World AIDS Day began globally on December 1, 1988, as a means to raise funds, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and promote education related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Since then the event has grown and is honored by governments, schools, businesses, and individuals around the world.
At UC San Diego, the goal of World AIDS Day programming is to provide a forum for reflection, education, and action. We hope to engage our community in an ongoing dialogue that encourages each individual to be educated and take action to stop AIDS.
HIV/AIDS still impacts UC San Diego. Just chat with one of our students who found out he was HIV positive this quarter, or with a staff member who lost almost every gay friend she had during the height of the pandemic before the advent of AZT, or with the retiree who is still living with HIV 25 years after his diagnosis. Discuss it with our faculty and researchers in the School of Medicine, who have dedicated their careers to ending HIV/AIDS, to alleviating its impact on our society, to addressing its effects on our globe. Reflect on our clinics and the clinical faculty, nurses and technical health workers who are providing care through UC San Diego's Medical Centers for those living with HIV/AIDS. Take a moment to consider your own journey of understanding HIV/AIDS, as a member of UC San Diego's community. HIV/AIDS still impacts UC San Diego.
This year, UC San Diego will honor World AIDS Day all week with a variety of free, public events, including a viewing of portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt today, December 2, in the Price Center Ballroom East from 9am-6pm. World AIDS Day is honored every year on December 1st, but UC San Diego will honor it throughout the week of Monday, December 2 to Tuesday, December 3, 2013. This year's events reflects the "Getting to Zero" theme, language symbolic of the global community effort needed to achieve zero new HIV infections, zero stigma against those living with HIV/AIDS, and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Check out a full list of events here