December 1: World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day.

There is still no cure for HIV/AIDS (it is not true that Magic Johnson has been "cured" of HIV/AIDS – no one has ever been cured of it).

We still do NOT have a vaccine for HIV.

We still have millions of people around the world who are infected with HIV – many of whom are doing pretty well on their medications, and some of whom are not. 

We also have an incredible amount of misinformation about HIV/AIDS, so today is a day to take at least 5 or 10 minutes and learn what you can do to prevent HIV in your community, among your friends/partners/family members, and to encourage accessible and affordable testing within your community.

To learn more about HIV/AIDS, check out the following links:

World AIDS Day announcement from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – click here.
World Leaders Call for action of World AIDS Day – click here.
Call for Women’s Rights on HIV/AIDS – click here.
Learn about HIV testing and/or find a HIV testing site near you – click here.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at