Workers hanging a huge red ribbon on the North Portico of the White House yesterday in DC for World AIDS. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Yesterday, editor in chief Jennifer Wright published a Real Talk in which we asked men and women whether or not they were ever concerned about contracting HIV/AIDS. We asked because today is World AIDS Day and there’s been a lot of conversations around the office about our different experiences with the virus.

Most of us at TheGloss (and our sister sites) grew up in the ’90s when the threat of AIDS seemed to loom a little more than it does today: it was just 1993 when the Real World‘s Pedro Zamora was one of the first HIV positive, openly gay personalities to be portrayed in the media. That was the same year Philadelphia came out and the following year, the first production of RENT debuted.

But as we get closer to 2012, it seems like a lot of young men and women aren’t so afraid of contracting HIV. Although huge advancements have been made in treating patients with HIV/AIDS, it’s still very real and very terrifying. Which is why we were kind of surprised to see the results of our poll yesterday looking like this:

We’re hoping that the 14% of Gloss readers who are “never” concerned about contracting HIV/AIDS are… celibate? And we’re curious, what does it mean to “sometimes” be worried (or “other”)? Granted, we know a lot of neurotic girls (not naming names) like ourselves who take every measure to protect ourselves but still get all clammy and anxious when we go in for our yearly checkup.

1.2 million Americans have AIDS. More frightening? One in five U.S. adults infected with HIV do not know it and of those who do, only half receive ongoing medical care and treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (via Reuters).

So, tell us: why aren’t you afraid of it?

And, even if you aren’t, there’s still a lot of work to be done to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS… especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for two-thirds of all people living with the disease. If you’d like to learn more–or, better yet, find out how you can help in the fight against HIV/AIDS–please visit for more information.