NEW DELHI (DIVYA SAINI): World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on December 1. It was first organized in 1988. Every year, all around the world on this day, people bring attention to the HIV and increase the awareness about AIDS as many people still aren’t aware about this epidemic.
The day is marked every year to create awareness about the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which is a life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). World AIDS Day is one of the 11 'global public health' awareness campaigns which is run by the World Health Organization (WHO) every year since 1988.
The theme for the year 2020 is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact”
What does a red ribbon symbol means?
The red ribbon is used as a symbol to create awareness and solidarity amongst people. It was first launched by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus in to raise awareness about the disease. They started this organization with an aim to create a visual symbol to "demonstrate compassion for people living with AIDS" with the red ribbon.
On 1 December WHO join the hands to pay tribute to all those working to provide HIV services, and calls to global leaders and citizens to do a rally for “global solidarity” to maintain HIV services during COVID 19 pandemic too.
Preventing HIV, testing, treatment are provided all around the world. But sue to COVID-19 HIV services are threatening lives. And if this slow down continues it might put population at a greater risk of HIV infection and AIDS-related deaths. All over the world, health workers are doing their best to keep the AIDS services going by adopting various ways to overcome the services caused by COVID-19.
According to Wikipedia HIV infection has killed more than 41.5 million across the world and nearly about 36.7 million people are currently suffering from the infection.
Image credits: Google