Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On the fast track to end AIDS: World Aids Day 2015

It is on 1st of December on every year, the world AIDS day has been celebrated. It is one of the public health campaign initiated by WHO. From 1988, we have been following this day and having a campaign to educate all. Main objective of this day is to make the people educate and give a change in their response towards the HIV affected people. 

What is HIV/AIDS?

Human immunodeficiency virus infection(HIV) / Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the infection with the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is transmitted primarily via unprotected sexual intercourse, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding

Unlike most contagious diseases (colds, flus, measles, etc.), AIDS is not transmitted easily. It cannot be passed to other persons through sneezing, coughing, eating or drinking from common utensils, or merely being around an infected person. The main point which everyone must know is that our casual contact with HIV infected persons does not place us at risk. AIDS is not transmitted through air, food, or water, or by touching any object handled, touched, or breathed on by a person with an HIV/AIDS infection.

It is passed from person to person through blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk. Anyone, of any gender, age, race, or sexuality can get HIV. There is no cure or vaccine; however, antiretroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy. While antiretroviral treatment reduces the risk of death and complications from the disease, these medications are expensive and have side effects. Treatment is recommended as soon as the diagnosis is made. 

Without treatment, the average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years, depending on the HIV subtype.

AIDS was first recognized by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1981 and its cause—HIV infection—was identified in the early part of the decade. Since its discovery, AIDS has caused several millions deaths world wide. 

HIV/AIDS has had a great impact on society, both as an illness and as a source of discrimination. It has attracted international medical and political attention as well as large-scale funding since it was identified in the 1980s.

Each and every year, there will be a theme for celebrating World Aids Day. The theme of this year, 2015, is: Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030. The federal theme this year is: The time to act is now.

Both themes comply with UNAIDS's fast-track strategy to end the Aids epidemic by 2030. 

To be followed by us:

As mentioned above, one part is assured. AIDS is not easily transmittable disease. Greatest myth is pursued for a long time. When we touch the person affected by AIDS, we will be a victim of it. 

"HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug: Heaven knows they need it."Princess Diana

The sad part which we need to focus is, many children who did not commit any mistake, they are suffering from this incurable disease because of their parents. We can't give their life back. But, we can give them our care and affection which can make a change in their life. For sure, we can't cure the person or child who is suffering from AIDS. But, we can care for them, give them our love and affection which they need. At least, for time being of their living, they can have peace of mind.

All are human beings living around us. We can start sharing our love and affection which is so valuable for them. Instead of judging them, start loving them. “If you judge people you have no time to love them" 

We all can start spreading our love and care, instead of, spreading discrimination.

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