"End inequalities. End AIDS" is the theme of World AIDS Day 2021. Despite tremendous progress in recent decades, crucial worldwide targets for 2020 were not attained. HIV/AIDS is still a significant public health issue that affects millions of people around the world. WHO and its partners emphasize the rising disparities in access to essential HIV services, with a particular emphasis on reaching those who have been left behind.
What is HIV/AIDS? HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that affects cells in the body that help it fight infections, making a person more susceptible to other infections and diseases. It is spread by coming into contact with a person who has HIV's body fluids, most commonly during unprotected intercourse.
Aim of World Aids Day 2021: End the inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics worldwide. WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to unite in order to combat the inequalities that drive AIDS and reach individuals who are currently not receiving vital HIV services
How did World AIDS Day get started? James Myhre is an HIV educator and American journalist. On December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day was established to raise awareness about HIV and remember those touched by it. It is now considered the world's longest-running disease awareness campaign.
Why is it necessary to raise AIDS/HIV awareness? People are more cautious due to increased awareness about safe practices for preventing HIV infection, which lowers infection rates. HIV/AIDS awareness programs educate individuals on the various levels of care and treatment available to them, whether they are living with HIV or caring for someone.
Why is World AIDS Day Important?
Globally, an estimated 38 million people are infected with the virus. Even though the virus was only discovered in 1984, it has killed over 35 million people worldwide, making it one of the most deadly pandemics in history. For many people living with the disease, stigma and discrimination are still a reality.
World AIDS Day is significant because it serves as a reminder to the public and government that HIV has not gone away; there is still a need to raise funds, promote awareness, combat prejudice, and enhance education.
How to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS?
- Abstinence, never sharing needles, and using condoms correctly every time we have sex are all good techniques to utilize.
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis(PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) are two HIV prevention medications that can be used (PEP).
- Take precautions to avoid infecting others with HIV.
Hate the disease, not the diseased
AIDS is a communicable disease that spreads via droplets while sneezing, unprotected sexual intercourse, transfusion of infected blood, use of infected needles/syringes, or from the affected mother to the infant. The society we live in is entirely unprepared, uneducated, and ignorant to these facts leading to stigmatization.
Finally, it is not primarily the responsibility of persons living with HIV to prevent new infections. As a result, it is critical to educate people about not only AIDS but also the stigma and destructive perceptions surrounding sufferers. Society must treat them with the respect and compassion they deserve and speak out against discrimination against them.
"Happier the mind, the healthier the person." Let us normalize the term AIDS and stop putting societal constraints on infected people or isolating them. Instead, let us encourage them to take their medication and make their lives simpler.