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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

AIDS awareness

World AIDS Day was celebrated on the 1st of December. Since being created in 1988 it has been a global phenomenon. The day aims to unite worldwide  in the battle against HIV. By promoting awareness and testing for STDs as well as showing support for those suffering with HIV and remembering those lost to the virus the world hopefully will stand up and take note against this terrible illness.

Millions upon millions of individuals around the world suffer from HIV. It has become one of the most serious pandemics today. Much is known about HIV treatment and laws for protection there is still much more to learn and understand about how to protect against the virus. Standing in the way is discrimination and a bit of fear. AIDS awareness helps to remind everyone from the average Joe to those with government positions that HIV is still present in all societies around the world.

Few Facts about HIV the virus that leads to AIDS

  • Over 90% of all those with HIV were infected through sexual contact
  • The HIV test now allows the use of a saliva sample. However, HIV is not passed via spitting, biting or sharing of utensils
  • Only 1% of all babies born to HIV infected moms will have HIV
  • There is no vaccine and no cure for HIV

World AIDS day is the brain child of Thomas Netter and James Bunn. Born during the summer of 1987 together the men wanted to bring about a day to help bring attention to the HIV virus and help dispel some myths about the disease. Dr. Jonathan Mann acting as the current Director of Global Program on AIDS approved the idea and set the date of December 1st 1988 to be the first AIDS awareness day. 

Early days brought much criticism It did however bring about much awareness and help share facts about the virus that the public may not have known. World AIDS day is now an independent organization. 

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