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Alder Health’s World AIDS Day Essay Contest

The CDC states that more than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it.  Although the annual number of new diagnoses declined by 19% in the last decade, the work must continue around education and awareness.

Many people are touched in some way by HIV/AIDS. It may be through research, patients, colleagues or friends – the fact is, HIV/AIDS is still very much real.

This essay contest is an opportunity to voice your experience with the disease, those infected and/or affected by HIV, or those who want and are trying to make a difference.  How are you eliminating discrimination and stigma?  How effective are Public Health Initiatives?  What does living with HIV/AIDS mean to you? Whether we are empowering, fighting stigma, knowing our status, getting tested and treated, using effective prevention methods, educating the community or partners, or taking care of our mental and physical wellness…what are you doing to make a difference or how has HIV/AIDS affected you?


  • 1,000 word essay on any aspect of HIV/AIDS (its cause, its effects, its cure, etc.).
  • Submission Deadline:  November 17th by midnight.
  • Submit To: with “World AIDS Day Essay Contest” in the Subject Line.
  • Essay will be evaluated by creativity, impact, originality, and clarity of expression.
  • Winner will be notified and announced on November 21, 2016.
  • The winner will receive free admission to our World AIDS Day Event (Rubies and Roses) on December 2, 2016; the opportunity to read and/or speak about their essay at the event; and publication on our social media page, website, and in the January-February edition of the Central Voice.


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