World Aids Day:
World Aids Day celebrated every year on 1st December since 1988 thanks to James W. BUNN and Thomas Neter who started this tradition, It aimed at raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic due to the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who died of the disease. Government and health officials, NGOs, and people around the world often observe this day, with education on AIDS prevention and control.
The full name of AIDS is ‘acquired immune deficiency syndrome’ and it is spread by a type of virus called HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus). It was first discovered in New York in 1981 when some fond of ‘homosexual sex’ went to the doctor for their treatment. Even after the treatment, the patients could not survive, then the doctors tested and found that their immunity was over. Then there were researches on it, by then it had spread tremendously in many countries and it was named ‘ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome’ i.e. AIDS.
Twenty-two million people in the world have died of the disease so far and crores are still under its influence. There are lakh patients in India right now, their number is increasing daily. The first AIDS patient in India was found in 1986 in Madras.
Important Theme of World AIDS Day:
The world AIDS Day campaign is selected by WHO, UNAIDS ( United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS), and many global and domestic agencies involved in the prevention, treatment, and awareness of HIV. Every year starting in 2008, the subject is selected by the Global Steering Committee of the World AIDS Campaign(WAC).
During 2005-10, the theme chosen for AIDS Day for the world each year was “Stop AIDS”. TO receive public support for HIV prevention, treatment, care, and awareness by the year 2010 on this topic. Consideration was made on various dimensions to motivate the political leaders, and at the same time, the emphasis has also been given on adopting various programs.
Inspirational Quotes About HIV/AIDS Awareness:
Facts on HIV/AIDS:
- HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far.
- In 2017, 9,40,000 people died from HIV-related causes globally.
- There were approximately 36.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2017 with 1.8 million people becoming newly-infected in 2017 globally.
- The WHO African Region is the most affected region, with 25.7 million people living with HIV in 2017.
- The African region also accounts for over two-thirds of the global total of new HIV infections.
- Key populations often have legal and social issues related to their behaviors that increase vulnerability to HIV and reduce access to testing and treatment programs.
- Between 2000 and 2017, new HIV infections fell by 36 percent, and HIV-related deaths fell by 38 percent with 11.4 million lives saved due to ART in the same period.