World AIDS Day is observed on 1 December to raise awareness about HIV and to remember those who lost their lives due to an AIDS-related illness.
“Equalize” serves as the theme for this year’s World AIDS Day 2022. World AIDS Day is observed annually on December 1 to increase awareness of the potentially fatal illness. It gives people a chance to band together in the fight against HIV, which is short for “Human Immunodeficiency Virus.”
The purpose of this particular day is to support those who are infected with the virus and to honour the lives lost to AIDS-related illnesses. The most severe variation of the HIV virus, which harms particular the body’s immune system cells, is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
The World Health Organisation issues the following advice dangerous behaviour and activity that increase the risk of contracting HIV:
- Having sex without any protection,
- Carrying an existing STI,
- Drinking alcohol and using drugs reducing inhibition for protective sex
- Exchanging contaminated needles, and receiving toxic injections, unintended needle stick among medical professionals, Tissue transplants, blood transfusions, and surgical operations requiring sterile cutting or piercing.
History of World AIDS Day and Its impact to date
James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter established the first World AIDS Day in 1988 to give the pandemic the impression of being under control. which at the time had killed so many people. Over 33 million people have acquired HIV since the illness was first identified in 1981, and over 25 million have tragically died from AIDS in the subsequent 20 years. Bunn and Netter told Dr. Johnathan Mann, the programme director, of the surge and suggested that he set aside a special day for the celebration. Following that, Mann declared December 1 to be World AIDS Day, which is still observed today. The WHO African Region is home to 25.6 million of the world’s 38.4 million HIV-positive patients, which highlights the importance of World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day serves to remind the public and the government that HIV/AIDS is a serious issue that requires immediate funding, education, eradication of prejudice, and enhancement of educational opportunities.