World AIDS Day 2017 Facts: Despite major advances, the HIV/AIDS remains as one of the world’s significant public health challenges, particularly in the low-income countries. An estimation of about 34 million people is living with HIV around the world. Here in this page, we have shared some World AIDS Day Facts.
In early 1980’s when HIV is only being identified more than 35 million are died of the condition or Aids and making it as one of the deadliest pandemics in history. However, people are still unaware of how to protect themselves from this disease and it is still a major problem for those are living with it.
#WorldAIDSDay is observed on 1st December every year to raise awareness about the pandemic disease and to urge people to unite to fight against HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). The day also aims to educate the individuals about the condition of increasing rate of immunodeficiency.
World AIDS Day is one of the eight official public health campaigns which were marked by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The first ever global health day was observed for the first time in the year 1988. Various health organisations conduct World AIDS Day Speech programmes in every country.
Every year this day is celebrated with a particular theme and World AIDS Day Theme 2016 is mentioned as Hands Up for #HIVprevention. Various medical campaigns will be held in each region of the countries and bring awareness about HIV and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Check out the list of World AIDS Day facts from below.
World Aids Day 2017: Facts to Know
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome virus which weakens the person’s immune system by destroying the cells.
HIV cannot be transferred through saliva, sweat or urine.
Globally about 36.9 million people living with HIV in which 2.6 million are children.
An estimated of 34 million inhabitants have died of having HIV or AIDS in which 1.2 million children in the year 2014.
Sub-Saharan is the most affected region in Africa with 25.8 million people living with HIV in the year 2014. And almost 70 percent of the regions are affected with HIV.
Between 2000 and 2015, the HIV infections are fallen by 35 percent globally, and the Aids-related has decreased to 24 percent.
Around 53 percent of people are estimated to know their status according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) which consists of a combination of antiretroviral drugs to reduce the HIV and stop the progression.
The emergency of anti-HIV medicine called Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) may stop the person to get infected, but that has to be done within three days of coming contact with the virus.
In the year 2015, Cuba was the first country to declare the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of virus.