World AIDS Day is observed every year on 1 December to make people aware of HIV infection worldwide. The WHO first started celebrating World AIDS Day globally in August 1987. According to the news of Healthline , it was started in the name of James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter associated with AIDS awareness campaign.
A person of any age can be affected
In the initial phase, World AIDS Day was seen to be associated only with children and youth, whereas HIV infection can affect a person of any age. Subsequently, in 1996, the United Nations on HIV / AIDS began to work on communication, prevention and education under the World AIDS Campaign in 1997, taking care of its promotion and dissemination globally.
Objective of World AIDS Day
The purpose of celebrating World AIDS Day is to raise awareness among people of all ages about AIDS, an epidemic caused by HIV infection. AIDS is one of the biggest health problems of modern times. According to the UNICEF report, more than 36.9 million people have fallen prey to HIV, while according to the data released by the Government of India, the number of HIV patients in India is around 2.7 million.
HIV is a serious disease caused by a deadly infection. It is known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus i.e. HIV in medical language. At the same time, people know it in common parlance as AIDS ie Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. In this, a deadly infection attacks the immune system of the body, due to which the body is not able to fight against common diseases.
Theme for World AIDS Day 2020
According to the Hiv.org website, this year’s theme for World AIDS Day is ‘Ending the HIV / AIDS epidemic: Resilience and impact.’ After the year 2008, each year’s theme is chosen by the Global Steering Committee of the World AIDS Campaign (WAC).