World AIDS day observed on December 1

People line up to test for HIV recently. FILE

60,000 men test for HIV annually – Health ministry Sunday December 8 2019 People line up to test for HIV recently. FILE

The virus can be also transmitted from mother to child.

When is World AIDS Day? . World AIDS Day is observed every year to raise awareness in the fight against HIV.

Watch this video for their stories. "The success of this ART programme is evident in the increases in national life expectancy, rising from 61.2 years in 2010 to 67.7 years in 2015", the UNAIDS report noted.

How important is it to commemorate World AIDS Day and continue having conversations about HIV, AIDS and safe sex?

World AIDS Day is this weekend, but why is the red ribbon worn?

Know your status: What does it mean?

The 2018 theme "Know your status" highlights the importance of people getting tested for HIV. Thus did Mike Pence appear Thursday before a White House crowd marking Saturday's 30th World AIDS Day to say Trump will soon sign a Senate-passed bill reauthorizing the Bush-era PEPFAR for five years.

World AIDS Day is a day which draws attention to the millions of people around the world living with HIV.

What can you do for World AIDS Day?

Due to the theme, you should definitely use the day to get tested yourself as you can never be too careful. The tester came in and got me and took me into another room where there was a nurse waiting for me. "A person who is HIV positive may look and feel perfectly well, and be unaware that they are infected", Modise said.

In 1991, there was a huge stigma surrounding those who had HIV. But thankfully, 12 artists recognised the need for change. AIDS, which stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is the final stage of infection with HIV.

"We need to keep spreading awareness from HIV-infected African American individuals, African American celebrities, all social and traditional media, church groups, doctors, politicians and other influential people in our global and local communities". Every year it reminds us that "AIDS" is not over.

Thirty years on, we understand much more about HIV/AIDS - which has lead to advances in prevention, medication and treatment.

Thankfully, there is now successful HIV treatment and laws to protect victims of the illness.

That over time millions of lives all over the world would be lost, and that many millions more would be irrevocably touched by a global epidemic. Those living with HIV would nearly always go on to develop an illness that was considered AIDS defining, whether it be Kaposi's sarcoma, pneumonia or cryptococcal meningitis.

Approximately 1 in 3 deaths among people with HIV is caused by TB. Although these advancements are wonderful, they have contributed to the notion that HIV is no longer a concern when in actuality access to medical advancements along with prevention tools such as condoms are not readily available across the globe.

"Altogether 321,382 new cases of HIV infection were officially registered in Ukraine since 1987".

But today, 30 years on, it is a different epidemic that we have.

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