World AIDS Day : Commemorating 35th Anniversary Of Fighting Global Scourge

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, making 2023 its 35th anniversary. It was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic.

Since its inception, significant progress has been made in understanding, preventing, and treating HIV/AIDS, but challenges persist.

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, show support for those living with the virus, and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. The day provides an opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, to show solidarity with the millions of people living with the virus, and to remember those who have lost their lives.

World AIDS Day is a crucial platform for raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, educating people about its transmission and prevention, and combating the stigma and discrimination associated with the virus.

It serves as a day to show solidarity and support for individuals living with HIV. This support is crucial in breaking down barriers and promoting a more inclusive and compassionate society.

World AIDS Day is a time to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses. It honours their memory and underscores the ongoing need for research, education, and awareness.

The day promotes global solidarity in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Governments, organisations, and individuals come together to share in

On this World AIDS Day, it’s crucial to continue efforts to raise awareness, fight stigma, and support those affected by HIV/AIDS. Check out the history, significance, myths and facts.
Regular testing, safe practices, and access to healthcare are essential components of global strategies to prevent and manage HIV.

Myth: HIV can be transmitted through casual contact.

Fact: HIV is primarily transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing of needles amongst drug users, and from an infected mother to her child during childbirth or breastfeeding. It is not spread through casual contact like hugging, shaking hands, or sharing utensils.

Myth: HIV only affects specific groups of people.

Fact: HIV can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or race. It is essential to recognise that everyone is at risk and should take preventive measures.

Myth: You can tell if someone has HIV/AIDS by their appearance.

Fact: HIV/AIDS does not have a specific ‘appearance.’ Many people living with HIV/AIDS may appear healthy, and symptoms may not be visible for years. Testing is the only way to know one’s HIV status.

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