How to Support the Cause of HIV Affected On World AIDS Day on December 1 This Year
December 1st is World AIDS Day. When it was observed for the first time in 1988, it was the first-ever global health day. The event was created by the World Health Organization in partnership with the United Nations (UN) with the aim of spreading awareness about the risks and dangers of contracting HIV. The event also focuses on providing information about the best ways of preventing the disease.
World AIDS Day has emerged as the core global platform for improving awareness about AIDS among the global community and reducing the instances of prejudice and stigmas that affected individuals have to cope with.
Why This Day is Important
When World AIDS Day was first launched, the AIDS situation was grim as the virus was spreading fast and there were no real treatment or prevention mechanisms insight. Over the past two decades plus, the picture has changed dramatically. Today, HIV/AIDS is more manageable and there are proven ways of controlling the disease – even in developing countries.
World AIDS Day has played a pivotal role in spreading awareness about the disease among the global community. People, even in poor and developing countries now know how the virus spreads and what precautions must be taken for its prevention.
A key development milestone in the AIDS treatment efforts is the availability of antiretroviral treatment or ART. It is recommended for those who have been infected with HIV. Regular use can help people live a healthier and longer life. It is also said to reduce the chances of HIV transmission.
In poor and developing countries, some patients still find it difficult to access ART on a regular basis. This is why the spread of HIV still persists even as the rate of infection has come down significantly on a global basis.
Early and Accurate Testing Is Crucial
Another key factor that has helped the WHO and the UN bring down the instances of HIV infection is the easy availability of affordable HIV testing facilities. In the USA, patients who suspect that they have been infected by HIV can get tested easily, quickly, affordably, and privately at walk-in clinics.
There are many such walk-in facilities available for HIV testing throughout the country. These clinics use the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that patients are tested for HIV quickly and accurately. Results are also provided on the same day, paving the path for the fast treatment of those who test positive.
How You Can Help
World AIDS Day program has achieved remarkable success in creating awareness about the virus and the treatment available for dealing with the condition. This has definitely contributed to the falling number of AIDS cases globally in recent years.
However, there is still a long way to go and that’s why every year, there is renewed focus on sending out the message loud and clear on World AIDS Day. The global communities must get the message that despite AIDS being an incurable condition, there are medicines and processes available that can improve the length and quality of life of the affected persons.
WHO and the UN has urged every responsible citizen of the world to show their support to the AIDS cause on World AIDS Day. They can do it by proudly displaying the Red Ribbon, and educating themselves and others about the disease, the importance of getting tested early, and the treatment options available.