If an issue resonates with you – as an individual looking to get involved or as an advocacy group recruiting support – there are many ways to engage action. This is a key takeaway as the globe acknowledges December 1st as World AIDS Day – 24 hours devoted to the fight against and awareness of HIV, a virus that affects roughly 34 million people worldwide and has already claimed the lives of over 25 million people globally.

But the battle against AIDS is hardly restricted to certain actions taken in the mere hours of just one day, which applies to many terminal illness public health campaigns overall. More than 21,000 people who cite terminal illness as a high priority social issue use a variety of methods to bring attention to the management, treatment, education, and government regulation of life-threatening diseases.

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But what can be done to further propel involvement in issues surrounding terminal illness?

For advocacy groups that place the combat of lethal diseases at the top of their agendas, expand outside participation by increasing solicitation of donations and charitable support. People who place importance on issues regarding terminal illness tend to contribute financially to this cause more than any other philanthropic action.

For individuals looking to help out with issues concerning terminal illnesses, there are many outlets and avenues for involvement aside from the ones that involve money. Whether communicating with politicians on the safety and accessibility of medication or participating in the online discussion on tolerance and acceptance of those living with stigmatized diseases, there are always ways to get more involved.