World AIDS day is always celebrated every 1st of December. It is a day set aside as for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
The Healthfacts team joins in marking this year’s World AIDS DAY and also creates awareness, encouraging people who are affected to keep the fight on.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), HIV continues to be a major global public health issue and has so far claimed more than 34 million lives. Globally, there has been an estimation of 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.