There is no precise cure, and many are afraid to connect with people who have been exposed to this contagious disease known as AIDS. December 1st is commemorated as World AIDS Day to raise awareness of this epidemic.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first five cases of AIDS, as well as the more than 36 million individuals who have died from AIDS-related illnesses around the world since the epidemic emerged.
Today, the red ribbon is widely used as a worldwide sign of commitment to the battle against AIDS and is recognized as a universal symbol of AIDS/HIV awareness and support. This day has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a day of global recognition and strives to bring everyone together in the battle against HIV/AIDS, raise awareness, offer support for those who have been diagnosed with the disease, and mourn all those who have succumbed to it.
What is the significance of World AIDS Day?
- Significant advancements in HIV therapy have been made, and rules to safeguard HIV-positive people have been developed. We also know a lot more about the disease now than we did in the past. Every year, thousands of more people are diagnosed with HIV, many of whom are unaware of how to protect themselves and others and for whom humiliation and discrimination remain a reality.
- World AIDS Day is significant because it serves as an awareness to the public and government that Aids is still a problem that requires more funding, better awareness, prejudice-fighting, and improved education.
Although Covid-19 is currently the most prominent infection in the news, and we are continually reminded to take precautions such as wearing masks and sanitizing ourselves, we must remember that HIV/AIDS requires the same level of attention. To ensure that World AIDS Day is held to commemorate the effective eradication of a disease, youngsters must be educated about life skills for behavioural change, safe sexual practices, and the removal of the taboo on discussing such issues.
~Written by: Rtr. Samadi Perera~ | ~Featured image designed by: Rtr. Kaveendra Jayalath~