World AIDS Day is celebrated annually on 1st December. It was started in 1988 to raise awareness about the life-threatening disease among people.
Even though we are living in the 21st century, many people still consider talking about AIDS a taboo. However, what the need of the hour is to raise awareness and spread the knowledge about the problem. This can only be done if people are more open to discussion about it rather than shutting down the topic.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2019 is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community.”
Well, if given a strong thought, communities can really help in making more and more people aware of the illness to the problem.
Culture has the ability to bring people together and create more awareness about the problem.
First of all, what really needs to be done is that AIDS should not be considered taboo anymore. Searching about it in books, on the internet, talking to someone who’s more knowledgeable is of great help.
Moreover, when someone has suffered because of it, they become more empathetic towards the person who is suffering from the epidemic at present. This helps people go beyond their comfort zone, share what they had gone through and what really helped them at such trivial times.
Any kind of advice and experience really matters in such times.
Talking about culture and community, did you know sensation in the world of music Freddie Mercury was given a tribute by his band members by doing a concert for spreading AIDS Awareness. The concert was named The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS.
UNAIDS aims at 90-90-90 which would ensure that 90%people know their HIV status, 90% are receiving the treatment and the rest 90% is at a level which minimizes the risk of transmitting the virus.
The recent data reveals that 79% people suffering from HIV are aware of their status, 62% have access to the treatment and 53% were virally suppressed.