WORLD AIDS DAY, 2018 | Dialysis World Nigeria - DWN
Date Posted: 01/Dec/2018   Deadline: 01/Dec/2018

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.


Since the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, more than 70 million people worldwide have been afflicted with HIV/AIDS and about 35 million people have died. During the early days, thousands of people had mere months to live after they were diagnosed.


“With no effective treatment available in the 1980s, there was little hope for those diagnosed with HIV, [They were] facing debilitating illness and certain death within years,” said Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall in an article for the World Health Organization. Hirnschall is director of the HIV/AIDS Department and Global Hepatitis Programme at WHO.


Over the past 30 years, however, there have been significant advances in how we treat HIV/AIDS. We now have easily accessible testing, treatment and prevention options, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and various services that reach vulnerable communities.


But there’s still work to be done. In 2017 alone, an estimated 940,000 people worldwide died from HIV-related causes. About 37 million people worldwide have HIV, with 1.1 million of them being in the U.S. More concerning is that 162,500 Americans don’t know they have it, putting others at risk.


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