Join MAKERS in Raising Awareness for World AIDS Day

Each year on December 1, World AIDS Day is held as an opportunity for people across the globe to come together and show support for those living with and those who have died from HIV and AIDS. It is also necessary on this day to further the dialogue on prevention, treatment, and cures.

More than 36 million people have died from AIDS since 1981 and about 7 million people living with HIV or AIDS have no access to treatment. Women and girls tend to be more vulnerable to acquiring HIV because of issues like violence against women, child marriage, lack of education, and sex trafficking.

Here are some ways you can join us in raising awareness for World AIDS Day:

1. #StealTheseStats
There are still many common misconceptions associated with how HIV spreads and to whom it spreads. One important way you can raise awareness is by using your platform to share accurate data about HIV and AIDS. Care.org is a great resource for statistics and don't forget to use #StealTheseStats when sharing.

2. Go Red!
Visibility is important. A red ribbon is a universal symbol of support for those living with HIV or AIDS. At some retailers you can make a donation for a ribbon or just make one at home. Either way, showing solidarity is a great way to bring awareness to the cause.

3. Host or participate in a fundraiser
There are many marathons hosted in cities across the country to raise awareness about and fundraise for HIV/AIDS. Raising money is a great way to contribute to these organizations who are helping victims around the world.

4. Get tested
Many centers have free HIV and AIDS testing. Whether you feel you’re affected or not, this is great way to motivate others around you to go get tested. Click here to find local free testing centers in your area.

5. Share your story
Tweet @MAKERSWomen and share your experience, or how you are increasing awareness about HIV or AIDS. The first step is action, so let's do this together.

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