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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
December 1, 2016: For nearly three decades every December 1 is observed as World Aids Day. AIDS has killed 35 million people since the start of the pandemic. It has left millions of the orphans in its wake. Every year, 2 million people acquire the virus, and the U.N. estimates that more than 1 million people die from the virus annually.
Taboos related to sex and AIDS is so deep rooted that often people shy away even testing HIV. So this year, World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidelines on HIV self-testing.
— UNAIDS (@UNAIDS) November 29, 2016
• According to the latest WHO progress report, “lack of an HIV diagnosis is a major obstacle to implementing the Organization’s recommendation that everyone with HIV should be offered antiretroviral therapy (ART).”
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• “Millions of people with HIV are still missing out on life-saving treatment, which can also prevent HIV transmission to others,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in the release.
— WHO Ethiopia (@WHOEthiopia) December 1, 2016
• The easy self-testing kit will give the results in just “20 minutes”.
• The WHO report says, “HIV self-testing means people can use oral fluid or blood- finger-pricks to discover their status in a private and convenient setting.”
• The basic care facility and counseling centers to help the patients is already ensured by the UN. Not only that, they would also help the patients to fight against the social stigma which is attached to it.
• The report also focuses on how testing is low among people who are involved in the same-sex relationships, sex workers, transgender, drug addicts and prisoners.
— WHO (@WHO) December 1, 2016
• WHO’s self-testing kits are provided by for free. It also supports other measures that would help people get other such kits at low prices.
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• The release highlights, “HIV self-testing is a way to reach more people with undiagnosed HIV and represents a step forward to empower individuals, diagnose people earlier before they become sick, bring services closer to where people live, and create demand for HIV testing. This is particularly important for those people facing barriers to accessing existing services.”
— WHO (@WHO) December 1, 2016
• WHO hopes that this will have a positive impact and it will be helping those is affected. The organization also urged all the nations to come together and fight, in order to end it by 2030.
– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram with inputs from various agencies. Twitter: @PinazKazi
New York, Dec 1, 2016: As it has done annually during the past decade, Apple on Thursday announced its new (RED) products and special edition apps to step up the fight against AIDS to mark World AIDS Day.
Limited edition (RED) content of 20 popular games, including Angry Birds 2, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, FIFA Mobile, Plants v Zombies Heroes and Clash of Clans, are on offer with the proceeds from the in-app purchases going to the Global Fund — the recipient of (RED) funds — to fight AIDS, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Apple’s anti-AIDS campaign has been titled (RED). The products it introduces under this campaign are categorised as (PRODUCT) RED lineup.
In addition to the current (PRODUCT)RED lineup — which is available for customers to purchase year-round — the Cupertino-based tech giant is also adding four new (RED) products including an iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case, iPhone SE Case, Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and the Pill Portable Speaker, which are all available from Thursday.
Starting Thursday till December 6, for every purchase made with Apple Pay on Apple.com or through the Apple Store app, the company is donating $1 to its mission (RED).
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Customers around the world can also easily donate directly to (RED) through iTunes.
“The gift of life is the most important gift that anyone can give. Thanks to the vision and dedication of (RED), an AIDS-free generation is within our reach,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.
Apple has been releasing special edition products in the colour red for 10 years and 70 million lives have been impacted by (RED)-supported Global Fund grants, over the past decade.
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The critical work of mission (RED) addresses the disparity in access to life-saving medication in sub-Saharan Africa which has the highest prevalence of AIDS on the planet.
The money raised by mission (RED) funds programmes that offer counselling, testing, prevention and the life-saving medication that prevents the transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn babies. (IANS)
New Delhi: Noble Laureate and the famous child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said on Tuesday that education is the key to bringing transparency and accountability in the society and solve problems of poverty and unemployment.
Delivering the United Nations public lecture on the importance of education in India, he said development and human rights were interlinked.
My organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan has been advocating education for all, especially children. We cannot get rid of poverty and unemployment without education.
Satyarthi also spoke on the issue of HIV/AIDS as December 1 is also marked as World AIDS Day.
Even today in many societies and cultures, people who are suffering from HIV/Aids are discriminated (against). The only way we can bring down this stigma is through education.
“We found that seven million cases of HIV could be prevented if we are able to impart education. Primary education can help prevent seven million cases of HIV over the 10 years,” he added.
Satyarthi said that his organisation has been demanding that six percent of GDP should be spent on education.
Education is the key to bring transparency and accountability in the society. It is our collective responsibility to get our children educated. The vision I have is to see every single child to be in school, in a playground,
Satyarthi also noted that child labour in India has seen a drastic decline in the recent years from 244 million to 168 million.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India Yuri Afanasiev, and UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka Shigeru Aoyagi were also present at the event.
(Inputs from IANS)