Seal of the State of Nevada

WHEREAS, HIV continues to be a major public health issue, with approximately 38 million people across the globe living with HIV and an estimated 1.5 million individuals having newly acquired HIV in 2020; and

WHEREAS, according to the World Health Organization, approximately 680,000 people died from HIV Stage-3 (AIDS) related illnesses worldwide in 2020; and

WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.2 million individuals in the United States are living with HIV today, and there are several health disparities related to HIV infection with a disproportionate risk of infection for gay and bisexual men, Black and Latinx individuals, people who inject drugs, transgender people, and youth and young adults; and

WHEREAS, HIV is now considered a manageable chronic condition rather than a fatal diagnosis, thanks to antiretroviral therapy, new laboratory testing, epidemiological techniques that allow for early identification of HIV infections, and improvements to health care resources, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and syringe service programs that stop the further spread of new infections; and

WHEREAS, as the first ever global health day, World AIDS Day has been promoted every year worldwide since 1988 to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, as well as to commemorate those who have died from an HIV Stage-3 (AIDS) related illness; and

WHEREAS, World AIDS Day is a reminder that we must continue our efforts to work toward the goal of more effectively diagnosing, treating, and caring for individuals living with HIV and ensure all people have access to HIV prevention services, HIV testing, affordable treatment, and high-quality medical care and support services; we must also work toward reducing HIV stigma, which can create barriers to treatment and prevention; and

WHEREAS, to combat this epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration provide guidance for collaboration of communities and organizations statewide, and in Nevada we look to the 'Nevada Integrated HIV Prevention and Care' and 'Ending the HIV Epidemic' plans in reducing the number of HIV Stage-3 related deaths, reducing new HIV infection, and providing quality care for people living with HIV; and

WHEREAS, in 2020, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health reported more than 12,400 people living with HIV throughout the State of Nevada, including more than 300 new HIV diagnoses with 135 of those diagnoses being HIV Stage-3 (AIDS) diagnoses; and

WHEREAS, this year's UNAIDS theme of "End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics." recognizes that we can show solidarity with the people living with HIV across our state, nation, and the world and raise awareness of this major public health issue by wearing a red ribbon or a red-colored shirt; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada recognizes and remembers those lives lost to HIV-related illnesses and will continue to address HIV and HIV Stage-3 (AIDS) as a public health concern;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2021, as

WORLD AIDS DAY IN NEVADA

Footer State Seal

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 22nd day of November, 2021

Governor's signature