World AIDS Day was started in 1988 by the World Health Organization to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and mourn those who had already fallen victim to the virus.
In the height of this era, HIV and AIDS was something really scary. Something so scary that it was covered in the news, people talked about it more, and art was even created around the issue.
Is it just me, or does it seem the discussion has died down around this serious topic?
Seems like it's not just me... In a study, researchers asked: "does the subject of HIV/AIDS come up in discussion with your family?" 81 percent of respondents in the survey said either rarely or never.
Another question: Do you talk about HIV/AIDS with your intimate partners? About 80 percent of the general public said no.
And, another startling statistic: Only a third of gay and bisexual men "realize that new infections are on the rise among gay men" and 22 percent think rates are decreasing. And "Most gay and bisexual men are not aware of current treatment recommendations for those who are HIV-positive, or of the latest developments in reducing new infections."
Well, HIV and AIDS doesn't seem as scary anymore. With advancement in the medical field, the virus is taking less lives. The PrEP program helps at-risk individuals with access to the drug, Truvada each day in conjunction with using condoms and receiving HIV tests every three months. Truvada has been found to reduce the risk of HIV by as much as 92 percent.