New York, 1 December 2022 (TDI): The world commemorates AIDS Day on 1st December each year. The day is devoted to bringing attention to the AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) pandemic brought on by the spread of HIV infection.
World AIDS Day 2022
Every year, World AIDS Day centers on a different theme. This year, the day is themed “Equalize”. UNAIDS urges everyone to address the injustices that are impeding the fight to eradicate AIDS.
World AIDS Day has raised awareness of an increasing number of issues around the world, including this year’s theme.
According to data from UNAIDS on the global HIV response, the last two years of COVID-19 and other global crises have slowed down the fight against the HIV pandemic, reduced funding, and put millions of lives in danger.
Despite inadequate coverage of special programs, young women in Africa continue to experience disproportionately negative effects from HIV.
The specialized combination prevention programs for adolescent girls and young women in 19 high-burden African nations serve only 40 percent of areas with a high HIV incidence.
The report by UNAIDS examines the impact of gender inequality, population-specific inequality, and inequality between children and adults on the AIDS response.
History of the Day
World AIDS Day was first marked in 1988. James Bunn, a public information specialist for the World Health Organization’s Global Program on AIDS in Geneva, and his coworker Thomas Netter created this concept.
AIDS is referred to as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is the last stage of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. It occurs when the virus severely damages the body’s immune system.
The destruction of the immune system causes the symptoms of AIDS. Although there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, drugs can control the infection and slow the disease’s course.