On Dec. 1, people around the world recognized World AIDS Day to show their support for those affected and to commemorate people who have died from HIV/AIDS, one of the most destructive pandemics in history. With the holidays coming up and thankfulness for good health still on our minds, it is important to remember that so many around the world are not so lucky.

In 2017, approximately 36.9 million people were living with HIV/AIDS. Luckily, we have the power to put an end to the tragic deaths from it. All we need is the political will to act. It is essential that the U.S. recommit to funding one-third of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria — one of the most effective life-saving, international programs in the fight against AIDS.

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