“End inequalities. End AIDS”: World Aids Day

When is it and why is it observed?

On December 1, the globe commemorates AIDS Day to honor the efforts made to end the endemic. The day is also commemorated to show solidarity for people who are afflicted with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can lead to death. In 1988, the inaugural World AIDS Day was commemorated. HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious public health concern that affects millions of people worldwide. The virus assaults the immune system and lowers resistance to other illnesses, putting the patient’s life in jeopardy.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 3.77 crore people would be living with AIDS in 2020. Despite tremendous progress since the virus was first detected in 1984, WHO said that critical 2020 objectives were not attained. According to the WHO, “division, disparity, and disregard” for human rights are only a few of the primary shortcomings that have caused HIV to become and remain a worldwide health catastrophe. COVID-19 has aggravated the problem, making life more difficult for many individuals living with HIV.

Theme: The theme of World AIDS Day 2021 is “End inequalities. End AIDS.” WHO and its partner organizations are emphasizing the need of focusing extra attention on those who have been left behind. It is urging world leaders to get together to combat the disparities that fuel AIDS.

World AIDS Day is significant because it reminds people that HIV is still very much alive and well in our society and that we must be diligent in our fight against it. This day serves to remind those in positions of power that there is still a pressing need to raise awareness and funds, combat biases, and educate the public.