Raising awareness on World AIDS Day

December 1 has marked World AIDS Day since it was founded in 1988, just four years after the virus was identified.

This year's commemoration is the thirty-first edition since the world started remembering the day as part of efforts to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS and efforts to contain it.

It said pregnant woman and her unborn child should receive the HIV treatment right at the delivery room.

"We asked people to know their status to help our country combat the disease and the spread of HIV, and there are free tests and advice given out to people", Hawa Aadan, a university student told Anadolu Agency.

UNAIDS reports that 32% of people in the Middle East and North Africa are accessing the treatment.

Of the almost 38 million people living with HIV worldwide - including 1.7 million children younger than 15 years old - just 24.5 million have access to treatment therapies, according to UNAIDS.

There are an estimated total of 7,271 British Columbians living with HIV.

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"His administration has proposed cutting global HIV-prevention programs and attacked health care services that people living with HIV rely on, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood", said the statement from DNC Chairman Tom Perez, DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chairman Earl Fowlkes and DNC Disability Council Chairman Tony Coelho.

Self-testing is often done with an HIV Rapid Test, an HIV antibody test used to screen for HIV infection.

Yesterday, Deputy President David Mabuza in his capacity as the chairperson of the SA National Aids Council delivered a keynote address at the World Aids Day National Commemoration event at the James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney, Klerksdorp, in North West province.

Ms Stephanie Sullivan, the US Ambassador to Ghana has said the US, would remain committed to helping Ghana in the fight against the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) until the virus was completely controlled in the country. The federal initiative to end HIV as an epidemic in the United States, announced in February, set to launch in November, also remains unfunded.

Here's a look at some tweets showing support for the global health day.

In 2018, 25 per cent of new HIV infections were among men who have sex with men, a more than three-fold increase from seven per cent in 2010.

"Having HIV or AIDS on the door or on a title of an organization doesn't always mean people are going to come to that organization for care or services because of the stigma", said Dan Guinn, vice president of AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

  • Ismael Montgomery