World AIDS Day was on December 1, and Sir Elton John released this message:

“The first World AIDS Day was held on December 1, 1988 to recognize the global impact of HIV/AIDS. Today — thirty years later — is a day to remember those we have lost to this horrible disease, but it’s also a day to remember that we have the power to stand up, make an impact and end AIDS. This starts with knowing your status.

“There are 37 million people around the world currently living with HIV. Last year alone, nearly 2 million people contracted the disease and nearly 1 million died from AIDS. This does not have to be the case.

“We are fortunate to now have the medical technology to test for, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS — but it only works if people know their status and are able to access lifesaving care. To bring greater awareness to this issue, we are launching a major campaign on Monday with the Evening Standard and The Independent that will profile HIV epidemics in cities around the world and amplify our message that HIV/AIDS can be beaten.

“I encourage everyone to embrace the theme of World AIDS Day 2018 and “Know Your Status.” Together, we can achieve the AIDS-free future of our dreams."

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