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35 Years of World AIDS Day

In 1988, World AIDS Day marked a historic moment as the first-ever international day dedicated to global health. Since then, December 1st has become a day when individuals worldwide unite to honor those affected by HIV/AIDS. This annual observance not only honors the lives impacted by the virus but also serves as a crucial platform for raising awareness, sharing information, testimonials, and exploring innovative treatment options.

In Ohio, a positive HIV or AIDS status qualifies as a medical condition under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were 25,419 individuals living with HIV in Ohio in 2022. Notably, half of this population had received a diagnosis of AIDS as well. With the advancements of medicine, individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are able to live long and healthy lives, which is why it is important to continue to inform the world about preventative measures such as medications that prevent transmission. It’s our hope that through raising awareness on dedicated global and local health days such as World AIDS Day, that those affected by these conditions have a community support system filled with crucial resources.

Under the message of "Let Communities Lead," this year's theme emphasizes the huge impact of community engagement. As demonstrated by the successful passing of Issue 2 in Ohio, the collective strength of communities is a force to be reckoned with. When communities actively seek AIDS funding, advocate for educational programs, and promote prevention initiatives, they contribute significantly to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

As we observe World AIDS Day, let us recognize the power that communities hold in shaping the narrative and response to HIV/AIDS. By fostering community-driven initiatives, we can make meaningful strides in education, prevention, and support for those affected by this global health challenge. Together, we can contribute to a future where HIV/AIDS is better understood, effectively managed, and, ultimately, eradicated.

To learn more about how you can raise awareness for HIV/AIDS, visit the World AIDS Day website! While advancements in treatments have drastically lowered the fatality risks of breast cancer, there are still side effects that come with the disease. Breast cancer, along with many other cancers, may often result in pain for the patient, which can include joint and muscle aches, overall discomfort, and stiffness. Pain management is one of the most common reasons for breast cancer patients to use medical marijuana. According to “A Coala-T-Cannabis Survey Study of Breast Cancer Patients’ Use of Cannabis Before, During, and After Treatment”, 75% of surveyed breast cancer patients reported that it was extremely or very helpful in relieving their symptoms.

Research for medical cannabis and its effects on breast cancer is still ongoing, so speak to a doctor if you’d like to learn more about medical marijuana as a treatment option for you. As we discover more and more, we hope to create a future without breast cancer.

To learn more about breast cancer and how to spread awareness, visit the World AIDs Day website!