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World AIDS Day 2023: Exploring History, Date, Theme, and Preventive Measures

Every year on December 1, people throughout the world observe World Aids Day to raise awareness of AIDS and provide information on how to prevent this fatal and incurable illness.

The day provides a chance to eradicate stigmas connected with the disease, as well as to honor those who have lost their lives and to live lifestyles that promote HIV/AIDS research and enhanced treatment.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease that affects the body’s immune system, making it incapable of fighting infections and malignancies.

According to a WHO report, every day, around 1700 people lose their lives due to HIV-related causes and around 3500 get infected with it. The report further stated that around 9.2 million people do not have access to the treatment they need.

History and Importance of World Aids Day 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared World Aids Day for the first time in 1988. This day seeks to raise awareness and address the issues that develop as a result of HIV/AIDS. Massive breakthroughs and advancements have occurred in the field of HIV/AIDS research, which plays an important role in disease management.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which primarily focuses on disease prevention and response. The day also emphasizes the vital role of communities in dealing with the disease and recognizing ongoing challenges.

The importance of World AIDS Day is that it encourages equal access to healthcare services, particularly in developing countries, in order to control and prevent the advancement of HIV/AIDS.

What day is ‘World AIDS Day’?

Every year on December 1, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. The day will be commemorated on the same day this year, December 1, 2023.

What is the theme of the 2023 World AIDS Day?

The theme of World AIDS Day in 2023 is ‘Let Communities Lead.’ According to the official WHO website, this year’s theme is more than just a celebration of community successes; it is a call to action to empower and assist communities in their leadership responsibilities.

What are the preventive measures for the risk of AIDS?

The three points solutions are being proposed by UNAIDS to empower communities leading the fight against AIDS. The measures to tackle AIDS are granting leadership roles to communities, ensuring adequate funding, and establishing a regulatory environment conducive to facilitating communities’ active involvement in health services for AIDS patients.

The UNAIDS emphasizes the need of joint efforts as well as the need to assist and prioritize communities in order to reach the objective.

The UN report attempts to spread the message of active optimism while also acknowledging that the world is not on track to eradicate AIDS as a public health hazard. It does, however, have the ability to change direction and make progress.

The research also says that harmful laws and policies aimed against those at risk of HIV, such as men who have sex with men, drug users, transgender people, sex workers, and drug users, represent a threat to communities attempting to provide them with HIV services.

India is now dealing with a significant scarcity of testing kits and drugs in many areas.

The Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP) and the National Coalition of People Living with HIV in India (NCPI) protested due to pan-India medicine shortages, with certain areas experiencing complete drug stockouts.

The rallies were held not just to satisfy the need for drugs, but also to demand dignity and Universal Health Coverage.

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