WORLD AIDS DAY,( 1 December) is observed as a prime day to remember the ones who died and the ones who survived. It was initiated by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter. These two were public officers.
An important day to recall how medical science has led its path in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
The first World Aids Day -1988.
Since 1988 this day has been very crucial in spreading awareness around the globe and amongst a diverse population. Furthermore, a red cross ribbon is a symbol to represent this day.
Every year the day is commemorated with a theme to spread a message around the world.
WORLD AIDS DAY 2020
Theme– “Global Solidarity, Resilient services ”
Aim– To fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to build more strong and effective health care worldwide.
1December Tuesday, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke-
“On World AIDS Day we must come together and renew our fights to end AIDS.
The challenge of the COVID -19 Pandemic means that the world is losing important ground in the fight to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.26 million are now on life-saving antiretroviral therapy but many more people who have HIV and could benefit from treatment has not been invested. The good news is that communities and countries have shown amazing resilience in their efforts to maintain essential services. We must continue to Prioritize the most vulnerable such as young people and other key populations affected by HIV and we need to make sure that front-line workers are supported and protected.
Working together we can get back on track to ending the AIDS epidemic and build a healthier safer world for all of us.”Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus–WHO -Director General
ABOUT: HIV And AIDS
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
HIV is a virus that affects the immune system. While AIDS is to define the serious or last stage of severe damage to the immune system.
- Reused Needles
- Sexual Intercourse
- During Pregnancy ( From mother to the Baby)
These are the major outlying cause. Hence, proper schedules to testing must be followed.
History And The Zero Patient
Even when the history of the infection seems unstable. Transmission of the virus from chimpanzees to humans is the theory believed. Moreover, it has scientific pieces of evidence.
It is of the belief that the spread and transmission were because of hunting and eating chimpanzees. Thus, chimpanzees with SIVcpz eaten are majorly the cause of HIV infection transmission. As well as a species of monkeys is also a cause of HIV-2.
Kinshasa is the zero patient according to the reports by far. Earlier in 1959, the first case of HIV was detected in Kinshasa. He lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Despite, worldwide campaigns to are the public regarding the infection and its treatment. A list of Myths joins the list when it comes to HIV infection.
Besides, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the healthcare system for HIV/AIDS.
With this, it becomes extremely essential to regulate and evolve with a multi-facility health care system. A strategy to solve and end the epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
Nonetheless, let’s consider this day as an opportunity. Also, as individuals let’s join hands with organizations and be a part of the change to end this epidemic. Regular testing and treatment is the only solution to it.
Author: Mansi Goel
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