Before joining the CSA, I did not really know or understand what HIV or AIDS were and so World AIDS Day was lost on me. Honestly, I didn't pay much attention to it. I feel I was not the only one who didn't care much about World AIDS Day or even know what it actually meant and I feel that still today there are people who do not understand it. It was usually a day of turning on the TV and seeing boring speeches on nearly every channel and me moaning because “I can’t watch my cartoons”.
Reflecting on World AIDS day now, I somewhat feel that it is redundant, that society doesn't take HIV as a threat any more. Yes it is no longer a death sentence, but I would think people would still not want to contract it and would want to keep themselves safe. Perhaps society is suffering from AIDS fatigue, where people think they know all there is to know and now that there are ARVs it means HIV is no longer a problem. I truly feel that World AIDS Day has lost its intended meaning.
So World AIDS Day has become a day where Government and society feels it is their obligation to reflect on the past struggles and the lives that HIV/AIDS has affected. It seems like it’s just another box ticked off, a day of boring speeches.
But for me, since joining the CSA, HIV and AIDS have become part of my everyday life and World AIDS Day is every day, not just on the 1st of December.