December is International AIDS Awareness Month
December is International AIDS Awareness Month
December may be the liveliest month of the year, with all the festivities and parties going around. However, did you know that December is also a time to bring people’s attention to one of the world’s deadliest diseases? We’re talking about the global epidemic known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Yes, December is International AIDS Awareness Month.
With millions of people around the world suffering from HIV/AIDS, it’s important to educate the public about this major health threat. The month-long campaign aims to do just that.
International AIDS Awareness Month is also a time to recognize organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against this global scourge. More importantly, it’s also a time to support those living with the condition.
In observance of International AIDS Awareness Month, here are basic facts and statistics about HIV/AIDS that will help you understand the full gravity of the problem:
- As of 2018, some 9 million people worldwide were estimated to be living with HIV. Of this number, 36.2 million were adults, while 1.7 million comprised of kids younger than 15 years old.
- The number of AIDS-related fatalities has drastically decreased over the years. In 2004, there were around 1.7 million estimated deaths globally. Fourteen years later in 2018, the number went down to 770,000 deaths.
- There are over 2 million Americans living with HIV. One in five of them is not aware that they have the infection.
- Some 79 percent of people with HIV know that they have the disease. Of this number, 21 percent don’t have access to HIV testing services.
- While many people use the terms AIDS and HIV interchangeably, both are actually different from each other. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. There are several other factors that can lead to AIDS, including certain infections or cancers. This means that one can have HIV without developing AIDS.
- The latest findings from UNAIDS made in 2018 show that approximately 1.7 million people were newly infected with the virus.
- With early detection, HIV screening, and the advanced treatment options we have today, there has been a decline of HIV infections ever since they peaked in 1997.
- Although there’s still no cure for HIV, there are certain medications that help prevent the virus from spreading further.
How International AIDS Awareness Month is Observed
Every year, health organizations all over the world host conferences and campaigns to educate the public about the importance of AIDS prevention, urging them to help spread the word at the same time. Some schools would show documentaries about the subject to their students, while others would invite health professionals to talk about the pandemic.
If you want to take part in observing the annual event but haven’t figured out yet what specific action to take, here are some ideas you may consider:
- Visit someone with the condition. Your company can mean so much to them.
- Join a fundraising event in your community. Better yet, start one with your friends and family.
- Wear a red ribbon to show your support for people living with HIV.
- Encourage others to do their part by posting relevant messages on your social media platforms.
- Learn more about AIDS prevention. Spread the information to your loved ones.
- Get tested for HIV.
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