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World AIDS Day 2020: Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility

Sanskriti Dalmia

AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The HIV affects a person's immune system, the part of the body that fights off germs such as bacteria or viruses and the immune system becomes deficient and does not work properly. AIDS is the most advanced stage of infection caused by HIV.

World AIDS Day takes place each year on the 1st of December. The theme of World AIDS Day 2020 is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”.

"Every minute and 40 seconds, a child or young person under the age of 20 was newly infected with #HIV last year. In #WorldAIDSDay UNICEF warns that children are being left behind in the fight against HIV." UNICEF tweeted.

The day, as the name suggests, is to show support for people living with HIV and the ones who have lost their lives because of AIDS.  There is also a lot of stigma attached to this particular disease and people often don't get treated even after they know that they have the syndrome. This year let's spread awareness worldwide and unite to fight against the syndrome. 

António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in his message on World AIDS Day 2020 said, “Health is a human right. Health must be a top investment priority to achieve universal health coverage. On this World AIDS Day let us recognise that to overcome COVID-19 and end AIDS, the world must stand in solidarity and share responsibility.”

AIDS can be contracted through body fluids like blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal and rectal fluids, and breast milk of an infected woman. Unprotected sex with a person who is infected can also pass on the deadly disease to another person. Sharing injection needles, razor blades, knives among other things with an infected person can also be a reason for the contraction of the disease.

"Globally, 12.6 million people living with HIV still don't have access to treatment, and #COVID19 is exacerbating the challenges they face", The United Nations tweeted.

Currently, there is no cure for AIDS but the progress of the disease can be slowed down and further complications can also be prevented.

 

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