Occurring on the 1st of December every year, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people around the world to unite and fight against the HIV virus and also to show support for those who are living with the condition. More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most disastrous conditions in history. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and the government that HIV has not gone away, it is still an ever- present issue. There is still a need to raise money, to increase awareness and to join in the fight to overcome prejudice against HIV, as well as improving education.
Currently, there are over an estimated 34 million people in the world living with HIV. Of that 34 million, over 100000 live in the UK. World AIDS Day has helped achieve several things. It has helped lift the stigma surrounding fighting HIV and AIDS related discrimination. It has helped secure sustained international funding from high- income countries to help support HIV and AIDS initiative. It has also helped empower people through proper education and has showed that antiretroviral drugs can be life- extending for HIV- positive people.
Even though the fight against HIV lasts throughout the entire year, the importance of World AIDS Day is that it recognises the prevalent threat of AIDS and reminds us of what we can do to prevent and treat this terrible condition. It is essential to fight against HIV and AIDS, as they drag down the economic development of highly affected countries, with consequences for affected individuals and their families, which are undeniable and unmistakable. World AIDS Day therefore is a great opportunity for people across the world to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Is World AIDS day still relevant in 2017? Undeniably so.