World AIDS Day – The War Against HIV
AIDS is counted among the deathliest diseases in the world. Identified only in 1984, more than 35 million people have died because of HIV/AIDS. December 1st has been marked as the World AIDS Day and also the time to remember that you need to carry on the fight against AIDS to support the ones suffering from the virus.
“Globally, an estimated 36.7 million people are currently living with the virus.”
- The World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st every year.
- It is an opportunity for people all over the world to get united in the fight against HIV.
- It is the time to show support for people living with HIV, and,
- It is also to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
Importance of World AIDS Day
Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was marked as the first ever global health day. It was set up to make people aware of the disease and show support to the victims of HIV. More than 101,000 people with HIV are only living in the UK. The day is also to be informed about the laws made to protect the people infected with HIV.
There are certain issues which need to be taken care off.
- Despite knowing about the condition, more and more people are still getting infected with the virus.
- People still have no idea about the disease, its facts and how to remain protected against it. We need to spread more awareness about the disease.
- In some places, people with AIDS are still treated as an outcast from society and we need to end this for all.
- We need to step up and stop the discrimination, stigma, and toxic mentality that harms the one infected the virus. They are humans like us.
Progress and Advancements in the field of Research
There have been a lot of positive results in the field of healthcare. As a result of the latest research projects and experiments, Medical field has seen some progress with respect to treatments of people living with HIV/AIDS. The recent advances in the access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-positive people are now living longer, healthier, and much better lives. In addition to this, it has also been confirmed that the ART therapy even prevents an onward transmission of HIV.
- It is the day to recognise yourself as a human and show your support to the millions living with the virus and spending their days fighting it.
- Take part in fundraisers and events that show solidarity with people living with AIDS/HIV.
- Buy and distribute the pack of ribbons to fund National AIDS Trust.
- The easiest will be spread awareness via word of mouth.
- Even after World AIDS Day, it is our duty to carry on the fight and help the HIV infected to make the world a great place to live in.
According to WHO, An estimated 21.7 million people were receiving HIV treatment in 2017. However, globally, only 59% of the 36.9 million people living with the virus(HIV) in 2017 were receiving the ART therapy.
So, let us take a stand against HIV and take the fight till the end.