Since 1988, the World AIDS Day is held on December 1 every year. It is an international day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS around the world. On this day, besides raising awareness, memorials are held for those who lost their lives because of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
HIV is a condition which targets the immune system and weakens people’s defence systems against infections and some types of cancer.
The virus destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, thus gradually making infected individuals weak and makes them unable to fight Diseases.
Since 1981, AIDS has killed more than 25 million people. At present an estimated 36.7 million people worldwide live with HIV, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many Places in the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 1.0 million lives in 2016, of which about 270,000 were children.
People around the world are being asked to join the fight to end the isolation and negative stigma surrounding HIV, and help to stop its transmission.
The aim is detecting HIV early – this is beneficial so that the individual can gain access to specialist treatments early.
A quarter of people living with HIV, don’t know the are HIV positive. In Africa almost two thirds of person 23.6 million people are infected, Knowing whether you’re HIV positive is essential so that you can access specialist services and treatment.
Effective HIV therapy is vital for the well-being of the person affected and helps to prevent them from passing the virus onto others. According to the United Nations
‘Everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, has a right to health, which is also dependent on adequate sanitation and housing, nutritious food, healthy working conditions and access to justice.
PREVENTION IS THE KEY TO ENDING AIDs Epidemic.