Saturday, December 1, 2012

World AIDS Day


World AIDS Day is held on 1 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 and the first one was held in 1988. -World AIDS Day

10 steps to an Aids-free generation 
(by Sarah Morrison, Shannon Firth)
(1) Targeting the gay and bisexual community The epidemic continues to grow in one population in all countries: men who have sex with men.
(2) Reducing mother-to-child transmission Every minute around the world, a young woman acquires an HIV infection, but the burden falls disproportionately in sub-Saharan Africa, where women make up 60 per cent of people with the virus.
(3) Reaching drug users Injection-driven HIV infections are among the fastest-growing in the world, with one in 10 new HIV infections occurring in injecting drug users.
(4) Getting more people tested HIV testing has advanced to the stage where diagnosis can be made in 30 minutes with a finger prick or with a swab of saliva.
(5) Increasing drug coverage More people are receiving treatment today than ever before, but access to antiretroviral drugs remains one of the most pressing issues.
(6) Finding a cure
(7) Helping the over-fifties Because of effective HIV treatment, more people than ever are living to an older age with HIV.
(8) Overcoming stigma HIV continues to be one of the most stigmatised medical conditions.
(9) Changing the law In more than 60 countries around the world, exposing another person to HIV or passing on the disease through sex is a criminal act, despite arguments that such punitive laws deter people from getting tested or treated and increase the risk of the disease spreading.
(10) Reducing cost of drugs

There is no cure for AIDS, which is why prevention is so important. Get the facts on HIV/AIDS, as well as how it affects the body and is treated.
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