December 1 is celebrated as World AIDS Day. The theme for World AIDS Day 2022 is”Equalize”.
This day is recognized by the World Health Organization as an order to address the concerns regarding AIDS disease across the world. It seeks to provide equal access to essential HIV services for all victims, especially the children population. This day is also celebrated across the globe in order to spread awareness about the disease. It also talks about decreasing the inequality that drives in HIV infection and reaching people who are currently not receiving HIV services.
Facts about AIDS-
As per World Health Organization (WHO) data 2020,
In 2020 more than 37 million people were living with HIV infection while 0.7 million people died due to it. Around 73% of people living with HIV received lifelong antiretroviral therapy.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. As the name suggests it is a virus-impacted disease that attacks and destroys the body’s immune system. There is no cure for HIV infection but it is usually controlled by proper medical care and medication. They are HIV basically transferred by the exchange of a variety of body fluids from the infected person’s body.
However, it does not spread via mere contact like a handshake or hugging. Thus there is a need to end the discrimination faced by the patience of HIV who usually need more care and support in their lives. It is a chronic and life-threading disease in which the white blood cells mainly the T-cells of the body are attacked permanently.
The history behind this day-
This day was first observed in 1988 and since then has been celebrated every year. It was conceived by James W Bunn and Thomas Netter in 1987 who were the two officers working under the World Health organizations Global Program on AIDS. They proposed the idea of celebrating this day to the director of the Global Program on AIDS, Johathan Mann in 1988 and since then it has been commenced as World’s AIDS Day on 1st December.