Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

World AIDS Day

1 December, 2021

World Aids Day is to fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body’s immune system is badly damaged because of the virus. With appropriate medication that stops the progression of the virus, most people with HIV do not develop AIDS. Without HIV medicine, people with AIDS typically survive about 3 years because the unchecked HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. The virus is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV, most commonly during unprotected sex (sex without a condom or HIV medicine to prevent or treat HIV), or through sharing injection drug equipment. The World Health Organization estimates that there have been about 35 million deaths from AIDS since the start of this pandemic in the 1980s and early 1990s when the the outbreak of HIV and AIDS swept across the world.

 

 

Image: World AIDS Day