Today is World AIDS Day.
May we remember as we focus on getting to zero.
Remember the names…that those names belong to people…that those people are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, lovers, co-workers, beloved partners, and friends.
Remember the fear…that the fear so quickly became hate…that the hate was demonstrated in action…and that discrimination, misinformation, and bias didn’t go away when celebrities started wearing red ribbons or when political leaders finally said the word AIDS.
Remember the goals that have been missed and those that were met…the stereotypes that have been deconstructed and those that remain…the life expectancy that has been expanded and those who have died…
…and the number zero on the horizon.
Remember that every day that AIDS is in the world is World AIDS Day…
…and that AIDS isn’t some other person's worry or problem or risk or concern.
AIDS is until we get to zero and even then AIDS will be…for all of us who remember and for all of us who will never forget…
For the names that belong to people who are and were and forever will be.