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World AIDS Day

1st December 2023






Overview:

human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system and, if not treated, can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

World AIDS Day on December 1st brings together people from all over the world to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and show international solidarity before this epidemic. It has become one of the most famous international health days, and a major opportunity to raise awareness and commemorate those who died. and celebrate victories in increasing the access to treatment and prevention services.

Objectives:

  • Focusing on the importance of expanding and increasing the coverage of preventive and curative services for AIDS infection locally and globally.

  • Monitoring the global spread of HIV/AIDS, and monitoring the availability of related treatment and prevention services.

  • Developing policies, providing standard and technical guidance; to help countries strengthen interventions in the health sector; With the aim of combating HIV/AIDS.

Facts:

  • There is currently no effective treatment for AIDS, once people get HIV, they have it for life.

  • HIV can be controlled with proper medical care.

  • People living with HIV who receive effective medications can live long and healthy lives, and protect their partners.

  • Globally, 38.4 million [33.9-43.8 million] were living with HIV at the end of 2021. It is estimated that 0.7% [0.6-0.8%] of adults aged 15-49 worldwide are living with HIV.


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