This Wednesday marks World AIDS DAY to be commemorated across the globe!
Every year on 1st December, people from across the world observe World AIDS day in order to get united and fight against one of the deadliest diseases known to mankind.
People show support to the sufferers and encourage them to fight HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) which ultimately leads to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome)
The day is commemorated to show solidarity with people living with HIV-Aids along with a memorial for all those souls who lost their lives fighting this deadly virus.
Let’s have a look at some of the important notations attributed to the word AIDS.
What is HIV-AIDS?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a deadly virus that attacks the immune system of a person. If it is left untreated it transforms into AIDS which is known to be a life-threatening disease and also known as the most severe stage of HIV infection. It is incurable.
AIDS damages the immune system extremely as several different illnesses attack the body of the patient and he is unable to combat them.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that if an AIDS patient is left untreated, he can survive for a maximum of three years. There is currently no effective cure for HIV but it can be kept under control with proper medical care. Those who can get effective HIV treatment can live long, healthy lives
Why is World AIDS Day observed?
World AIDS Day goes back all the way to 1988 when it was announced to be commemorated as the first global health day.
“This year marked 40 years since the first five cases of AIDS were reported,” according to CDC.
The day is commemorated to educate people about the disease and most importantly remove the misconception and stigma attached to it as that prevents proper treatment of the diagnosed individuals.
What is the World AIDS day theme for 2021?
Every year a different theme is chosen for World Aids day. This year the theme is “Ending the HIV Epidemic- Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.”
The theme plans to highlight the commitment of the Biden government to address “individual, community, and structural factors and inequities that drive the HIV epidemic” and to help those most in need of support.