World AIDS Day 2020: People share journeys of struggle and hope

World AIDS Day 2020: People share journeys of struggle and hope

- 1 December marks World AIDS Day and many across the globe have been sharing their stories

- World AIDS Day has been commemorated on this day since the late 1980s and peeps make sure to raise awareness however they can

- Many have used the hashtag #WorldAIDSDay to share their stories, raise awareness and mourn AIDS-related deaths

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World AIDS Day is commemorated on 1 December every year with many across the globe doing their best to raise awareness about the pandemic. South Africans have taken different routes to spread the news on why today is so important.

World AIDS Day was founded in the late 1980s and many are using their online platforms to share stories in an attempt to spread the word about the severity of HIV infection. However, today is not just for spreading awareness.

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1 December is also designated to mourn the loss of those who passed from AIDS-related illnesses. Briefly.co.za took a look at Twitter to see what South Africans and those around the world have to say about World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day: People share journeys
World AIDS Day is commemorated on 1 December to raise awareness about the illness. Source: Lukas Schulze / picture alliance
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Below are just a few of the messages posted online under #WorldAIDSDay:

@ntshulanakay wrote:

"Normalise being in relationships with HIV/AIDS+ people: there’s no cure but it’s manageable. It really lends itself to people being dishonest and not open about having this disease because of the stigma and fear that we’ll reject them. Let’s do better. #WorldAIDSDay."

@davidutting said:

"Today is World AIDS Day, 33 million people lost too soon since the start of the #HIV epidemic. For love. For passion. For remembrance. For activism. Tackling stigma and prejudice. #LeaveNoOneBehind #WorldAIDSDay"

@tsakaneeee tweeted:

"Happy World AIDS day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic. Wear your ribbon with pride. #WorldAIDSDay"

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In other trending news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on Gail Mabalane showing off her hairline recovery after being diagnosed with alopecia. Gail has been using her diagnosis to raise awareness on the issue and has urged her followers to seek professional or medical help if they experience inexplicable hair loss.

She posted her latest picture to show the progress her hair has made since shaving her head and receiving treatment for alopecia.

Alopecia affects hair follicles and the type that Gail was diagnosed with is known as CCCA, or central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. This strain is commonly found in black women aged between 35 and 50.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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