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The purpose of World AIDS Day is to show support for HIV infected People and those who have died as a result of AIDS.

Every year on December 1st, the world observes World AIDS Day. The purpose of the day, as the name implies, is to show support for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infected People and those who have died as a result of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). HIV continues to be a serious health concern that affects millions of individuals throughout the world. Despite the fact that the world has progressed significantly in recent decades, critical global objectives for 2020 have not been fulfilled.

“End inequalities. End AIDS” is the theme of World AIDS Day 2021. WHO and its partners are emphasizing the rising imbalances in access to essential HIV care, with a specific focus on those who have been left behind. The first World AIDS Day was observed in 1988, and it was also the first international day dedicated to global health. Every year on this day, organizations and individuals worldwide raise awareness about HIV, work to promote HIV information and awareness, speak out against HIV stigma, and push for a more aggressive attitude in the fight to end HIV.


AIDS is a protracted illness caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The immune system of the individual suffering from the condition is harmed, and the body’s ability to fight infections is reduced.

HIV AIDS is a protracted illness caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). | Wikimedia Commons


Various reasons through which a person can get infected with AIDS:

  • AIDS can be transmitted by blood, sperm, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal and rectal fluids, and infected women’s breast milk.
  • Unprotected intercourse with an infected individual can potentially spread the disease to another person.
  • Sharing syringes, blades, and knives with an infected individual can lead to disease transmission.
  • Consuming food that has been pre-chewed by an HIV-positive individual. When infectious blood from a caregiver's lips combines with the food during chewing, contamination develops. Infants are the only ones who have been affected with this type of contamination so far.

When you share needles you could be shooting up AIDS Sharing syringes, blades, and knives with an infected individual can lead to disease transmission. | Wikimedia Commons


Is AIDS curable?

Although the condition is not totally curable, several preventative steps may be taken in everyday life to avoid contracting it. To lower the risk of transmission, Anti-Retroviral therapy (ART) and HIV medications are used. Using protection during sexual intercourse, avoiding sharing needles, blades, and other items with other individuals, and maintaining body immunity are some prevention strategies against HIV/AIDS.


What can I do to observe World AIDS Day?

  • Buy a red ribbon: World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to express solidarity with the millions of HIV-positive people across the globe; the majority of individuals do this by wearing a red HIV awareness ribbon on that particular day.

AIDS ribbon in hands on white background World AIDS Day provides a chance to express solidarity with the millions of HIV-positive people throughout the world. | Flickr


  • Fundraise: Seek financial support for the cause either online or by organizing offline campaigns. HIV AIDS patients are often mistreated or bullied by people; a little help from anyone can change their life around. Many NGOs are battling HIV and assisting those living with the disease; you may contact one of these organizations and assist them in various ways.


Volunteer Charity Cloud Many NGOs are battling HIV and assisting those living with the disease; you may contact one of these organizations and assist them in various ways. | Pixabay


We can work together to end HIV by empowering communities, partners, and healthcare professionals to encourage HIV testing, prevention, and treatment and eradicate HIV stigma.



(Keywords: HIV/AIDS, World AIDS Day, December 1, HIV, Stigma, Awareness)


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