The 1st of December is celebrated as World AIDS Day. This day brings the entire world together to fight HIV. Also, this day allows people to show their support for HIV patients while also remembering those who have died as a result of AIDS related diseases. The first World AIDS Day was observed in 1988. HIV remains a major public health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. The virus attacks the immune system and reduces its protect to other diseases, putting the patient’s life at risk.
This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Equalize.” According to the WHO, the theme calls on global leaders and citizens to eagerly recognise and address inequalities that are slowing down progress in ending AIDS and drawing access to essential HIV services. World AIDS Day, established in 1988, was the first international day dedicated to global health. From then, Every year UN agencies, governments, and civil society have joined together on HIV-related campaigns.
Until 2004, UNAIDS was the handling force behind every year’s World AIDS Day campaign. This was done with the cooperation of civil society, organisations, and government agencies. As part of the campaign, they raise awareness through a variety of activities that take place around the world. This includes wearing a red ribbon, the universal symbol of HIV awareness, support, and unity with people living with HIV giving people living with HIV a voice and raising funds to help communities.
Themes are frequently chosen for one or two years and are not limited to World AIDS Day. Instead, campaigning slogans are chosen and used all year to ensure that governments keep their HIV and AIDS-related commitments. World AIDS Day is significant in fighting the stigma associated with the disease and focusing on providing care and support to those who are already infected. As with most major public health issues, the Covid-19 pandemic has only added to the HIV pandemic’s difficulties.