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Beyond the red ribbon

Elton John will conduct a special concert for World AIDS Day 2020. / Photograph courtesy of Greg Gorgman

With 38 million people across the globe afflicted with Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV), raising awareness about it is still a struggle due to miseducation.

Combating challenges brought by this epidemic, 1 December has been dedicated for World AIDS Day since 1988 where activities are organized to educate everyone about the disease.

This year’s World AIDS day theme is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.”

But more than pinning a red ribbon and sharing publicity materials on this day, being present in both virtual and physical activities today and beyond is an essential part of keeping solidarity with HIV/AIDS.

Elton John concert

Globally renowned artist Elton John collaborated with micro-video app TikTok for 2020 World AIDS day.

Since 25 November, TikTokers take the HIV/AIDS Education & Awareness quiz.

The activities will be culminated through Elton John-led concert with performances from Sam Smith and Rina Sawayama.

The concert will be livestreamed on John’s TikTok channel on 1 December, 2 p.m. EST (2 December, 3 p.m. PST).

#SamaSama TLF Share Collective

Philippine-based organizations for LGBT+ and men who have sex with men (MSM) communities kickstart an event to unfold the struggles of People Living with HIV through various virtual performances from other art and cultural organizations.

The event can be streamed on www.facebook.com/TLFShare and goes live at 10 till 11:30 a.m.

SaferNOWPH Summit 2020

Science-based approaches will be discussed in this year’s SaferNOWPH Summit. Led by LoveYourself Inc., innovations on HIV prevention and flattening the curve in this aspect will be discussed.

Connection of HIV and Mental Health will also be explored in this event. Everyone can join at www.facebook.com/events/ at 3 p.m.

Invite your friends and use your social media accounts to spread the word to end the stigma on HIV/AIDS now.

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