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World AIDS Day, 1st of December every year, aimed at raising awareness of the worldwide epidemic of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and the spread of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). World AIDS Day is vital, which reminds the word that HIV has not gone away. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By damaging immune system, HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight infection and disease. This HIV infection can be from contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. Another common and dangerous way of getting it is by sharing drug needles with someone who is infected with HIV. The first person on earth to get HIV was a resident of San Francisco, reported at Center for Disease Control with Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS). Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

There are few stages of HIV Infection

Stage 1: Infection

Stage 2: Asymptomatic

Stage 3: Symptomatic

Stage 4: AIDS/Progression of HIV to AIDS

There is a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education about AIDS. Take an HIV test, get in care, and stay in care. The Awareness symbol for AIDS is the red ribbon. The Red Ribbon Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society are examples of organizations that utilize the red ribbon symbol.

World AIDS Day is one of the eleven official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, World Patient Safety Day and World Chagas Disease Day.

As of 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Thanks to recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the death rate from AIDS epidemic has decreased since its peak in 2005 (1 million in 2016, compared to 1.9 million in 2005)

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational in 1996, and it took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day. Rather than focus on a single day, UNAIDS created the World AIDS Campaign in 1997 to focus on year-round communications, prevention and education. In 2004, the World AIDS Campaign became an independent organization. The best way to be protective from AIDS is to be careful in your marital matters. Lastly, try not to use drugs.

 

By:
Dr. Ijaz bano
Academic Affairs Head
Global Virtual School, GIFT, Jhang

Pakistan

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