On December 1 every year, people all across the globe celebrate World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people to show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS and commemorate those who have died from the virus. Established in 1988 as the first global health day, World AIDS Day recognizes the importance of awareness about the pandemic, which has killed tens of millions of people since the virus was first identified in the early 1980s.

In recognition of World AIDS Day, we’ve curated an anthology of poems by contemporary poets about their personal experiences with AIDS, whether as people affected by the virus or afflicted with it themselves.

The 2016 federal theme of World AIDS Day is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.” Find more resources, information, and more about World AIDS Day at the HIV/AIDS information site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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