ONAP’s Harold Phillips Discusses the Theme of World AIDS Day 2022
First observed in 1988, World AIDS Day is a time to honor those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses across the globe and recommit to ending the HIV epidemic. The theme for World AIDS Day 2022 is “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV.”
Watch HIV.gov’s latest FYI video below with Harold Phillips, the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, to hear his remarks about this year’s theme, its significance, and how it helps move us toward ending the HIV epidemic.
Creating equitable access to tools, such as HIV testing, is at the heart of this year’s theme, which “encourages people to unite globally to eliminate the disparities and inequities that create barriers to HIV testing, prevention, and access to HIV care,” shared Mr. Phillips.
Mr. Phillips also discussed what the U.S. Government is doing to address equity and HIV. He highlighted the work being done by agencies like CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, and NIH. Additionally, he shared how individuals and small organizations can observe this important day. “If you need ideas for what to do for World AIDS Day, I encourage you to check out HIV.gov.” He continued by noting that hosting HIV testing events, increasing social media presence and messaging, and fighting against HIV stigma and discrimination are all ways to observe World AIDS Day.
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