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2023 World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day
December 2023
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World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

36th World AIDS Day Celebration
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
HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, infects cells of the immune system
AIDS is an abbreviation for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is annually observed on December 1 worldwide to promote awareness about the cause, cure and prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Humans. The day also provides a platform for the people living with HIV to share their life stories with the society and various stigmas they live with. The world at large showcase their solidarity with the infected population and pledge to create an inclusive society that ensures an unbiased treatment and equal opportunities for the people infected with the Virus.

How did World AIDS Day start?

World AIDS Day was first proposed in 1987 by two World Health Organization personnel working in the capacity of public information officer for the Global Program on AIDS, James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, in order to increase the awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic across the world. The aim of introducing a day particularly dedicated to addressing the issue was to dispel various myths and flawed knowledge about the disease and increase awareness amongst the common people. The uncertainty and fear surrounding the HIV/AIDS began to affect the lives of the infected people so severely that they were forced to face many stigmas and prejudice in the society. For instance, HIV/AIDS patients were forced into isolation, barred from attending schools, colleges and other communities and take part in general activities. Thus, the United Nations-affiliated organizations observed the first World AIDS Day on December 1, 1988.

Themes and Observance

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launch a theme for the World AIDS Day campaign every year. The 2017 year campaign was My Health, My Right. The campaign was designed to promote the Right to Health and address the health-related challenges faced by people across the world.

Every year NGO's working in the health sector, local administration and social groups, schools, colleges, hospitals, societies and forums conduct various events to encourage public participation in spreading the awareness about HIV/AIDS. Lectures, seminars, rallies, marathons, street plays, skits, drawing competitions and many other activities are conducted across the world in order to raise awareness and help common people develop a comprehensive understanding about the epidemic. As due to the various stigmas attached to the disease, the infected people live in incessant fear of losing out and forced to live a life in isolation deprived of fundamental rights. Thus, creating a prejudice-free society or a world, that not only show compassion to the victims of HIV but also gives them chance to lead a normal and fulfilling life.

What does red ribbon symbolize?

Red Ribbon is a symbol which is used across the world to showcase support for the people living with the HIV and who have lost their lives fighting with the disease. Red Ribbon is especially worn on the World AIDS Day when people proclaim their support and stand in unison against the fight with HIV/AIDS.

Facts about HIV and AIDS (Latest Data, UNAIDS, 2017)

  • 36.9 million People globally were living with HIV in 2017.
  • 21.7 million People were accessing Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in 2017.
  • Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the use of HIV medicines to treat HIV infection.
  • ART can't cure HIV infection, but HIV medicines help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives.
  • 1.8 million People became newly infected with HIV in 2017.
  • 940 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2017.
  • 77.3 million People have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
  • 35.4 million People have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.

HIV and AIDS in India (Latest Data, UNAIDS, 2017)

  • In 2017, 2.1 million People were living HIV in India.
  • 80,000 new HIV infected people added in 2017.
  • 62,000 deaths occurred due to AIDS in 2017.
  • 50 percent of the infected adults were on Antiretroviral Therapy.
  • 61 000 children aged 0 to 14 were living with HIV.
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