World Aids Day, How Are You Raising Awareness?
Around the world today are events honoring the fight against HIV/AIDS and promoting awareness and education. World Aids Day marks progress in the fight against the disease that is “one of the world’s most infectious killers, claiming more than 25 million lives over the past three decades” as stated by the World Health Organization. More statistics are below..
- - There were approximately 34 million peole living with HIV in 2010.
- - HIV infection can be diagnosed through blood tests detecting presence or absence of antibodies and antigens.
- - A cure for HIV infection has not been found but with effective treatment with antiretroviral drugs, patients can control the virus and enjoy healthy and productive lives.
- - In 2010, around 6.6 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries, but over 7 million others are waiting for access to treatment.
The Join(RED) campaign’s goal is fight for an Aids Free Generation by 2015. The organization boats, “we can virtually end the transmission of HIV from moms to their babies, one of the markers for the beginning of the end of AIDS.”