“In the early 1990’s, a group of artists met to discuss how to get people talking about HIV. This was at a time when HIV was highly stigmatised and the artists wanted to create a visual expression of compassion for people affected by HIV. They came up with the red ribbon. The shape of the ribbon was chosen because it was easy to make and anyone could make their own by cutting off a piece of ribbon, looping it around a finger, and securing it with a pin. The colour red was chosen because it is bold and visible, and it represents passion and love. The red ribbon is now the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.” –Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)
Today, on #WorldAidsDay, we take a moment to recognize all the accomplishments we have made in the research on HIV/AIDS, but we also take a moment to support those going through the battle and to support the ongoing efforts being made in the further advancement of treatments and eradication of HIV/AIDS.