World AIDS Day

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Today (1 December) is World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day is now in its 18th year. The first international health day was initiated following a unique summit of health ministers who met in London in January 1988. They realised that a united global effort was required to halt the spread of HIV and AIDS. The first theme was ‘Join the Worldwide Effort’.

There are now young adults who have always lived in a world where there is fear of HIV and AIDS. Though, having just written that, I’m not certain that ‘fear’ is the right word. According to the World AIDS Day website “infection rates [are] continuing to rise in the UK” which would suggest that people have an ‘it-won’t-happen-to-me’ mentality about HIV.

I don’t currently know of anyone that I know who has HIV or AIDS, which is not to say that I don’t know anyone who has HIV or AIDS.

I remember when Queen singer Freddie Mercury died on 24 November 1991, having announced publicly the day before that he had AIDS. I was at St Andrews in my third year. I cried when the video for These Are The Days Of Our Lives was played on TV.

These Are The Days Of Our Lives

Words and Music: Queen. (From the album Innuendo.)

Sometimes I get to feelin’
I was back in the old days – long ago
When we were kids when we were young
Thing seemed so perfect – you know
The days were endless we were crazy we were young
The sun was always shinin’ – we just lived for fun
Sometimes it seems like lately – I just don’t know
The rest of my life’s been just a show

Those were the days of our lives
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing is true
When I look and I find I still love you

You can’t turn back the clock you can’t turn back the tide
Ain’t that a shame
I’d like to go back one time on a roller coaster ride
When life was just a game
No use in sitting and thinkin’ on what you did
When you can lay back and enjoy it through your kids
Sometimes it seems like lately – I just don’t know
Better sit back and go with the flow

Cos these are the days of our lives
They’ve flown in the swiftness of time
These days are all gone now but some things remain
When I look and I find no change

Those were the days of our lives – yeah
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing’s still true
When I look and I find
I still love you

I still love you

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