By admin | December 2, 2016
1 December is World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity 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. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
There have been some successes, achievements in the battle against HIV/AIDS but it is far from over. Over 100,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 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. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
See the links below for comments from AIDS Free World set up by Stephen Lewis, former Special Representative of UN Secretary General for HIV/AIDS in Africa and Mark Heywood, South African activist and one of the founders of the Treatment Action Campaign