World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). It has been observed since 1988. The day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
WHO with its global partners will commemorate World AIDS Day today by campaigning this year’s theme “Know Your Status”. This will also mark 30 years of its initiation.
Red ribbon has always been a widely used symbol for AIDS awareness and support. WHO, this year has urged people from all backgrounds to show support towards this noble cause by donning the red ribbon.
WHO will urge people to know their infection status through testing. It also asked them to help others around them to have proper test and prevention facilities. The organization urged the policymakers to promote a ‘Health For All’ agenda. Using this, HIV and its related health services will be easily and affordably available to all.
There are close to a staggering 1 million people who die every year due to their ignorance of having HIV and its treatment.
The report from the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) in India states that there are 1.4-1.6 million people with AIDS in India. It also mentions that there is a decline of 0.26% in the prevalence of AIDS in India. The last decade has seen an almost 50% decline in HIV infections.