Remembering Those Who Are Gone on World AIDS Day
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. Yesterday was World AIDS Day and Dab the AIDS Bear was at several events around the world.
The following is a post I do on social media remembering the 10,000 plus friends I have lost to AIDS since the start of the pandemic:
World AIDS Day is today... Dec. 1, 2015. WAD means different things to different people. For myself, it makes me reflect on the lives of three partners, my god-daughter Candace and over 10,000 friends who had lost their battle with AIDS by 1993.
While it is great that people remember those living with HIV on December 1st, I have found all too often those who have lost their battle with AIDS are forgotten. So our new slideshow for World AIDS Day 2015 is to the song "This Time" which remember those who have gone before me and those of you living with HIV. Those that I loved who are gone and those of you now. Those who I gave Dab the AIDS Bears as they were dying to show them I loved them in the early days... to show them love, compassion and hope. Those who I look forward to seeing again one day when my time comes.
Unfortunately twenty two people who also were Ambassadors of Hope with Dab the AIDS Bear Project (most of them long term survivors diagnosed 25 years or longer) in the slides have lost their battle with AIDS this year. My heart aches and tears flow every time I lose another friend...
As one of the earliest diagnosed people with HIV in the world who is still living and starting our 35th year of living with HIV, Dab the AIDS Bear and I will always work to advocate for others in our community; continue our work in HIV/AIDS education, prevention and awareness; changing archaic laws on the books for people with HIV; fighting for funding to provide services; advocating with pharmaceutical companies about the high costs of HIV medications; spreading the news about Prep and helping to eliminate stigma against us.
I hope you enjoy our latest slideshow. We promise we will not rest until that day comes. When there are no new HIV infections and we get to zero. But most of all Dab the AIDS Bear and I look forward to the day when we finally have a cure for HIV... but until then know Dab the AIDS Bear and I love all of you!
So as we remember both those who have lost their battle with AIDS and those living with HIV/AIDS around the world on December 1, 2015, we also want to thank all of our Ambassadors of Hope, our volunteers around the world who work so hard to help make our holiday events for children living with HIV possible, our friends and our supporters. It is because of you we are able to help others.
It takes all of us working together to make a difference in the world.
Wishing all of you a beary great World AIDS Day!
big bear hug,
Daddy Dab and Dab the AIDS Bear