World AIDS Day, on December 1, has been celebrated annually since 1988. It is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its aim is to draw attention to the problem of HIV infection and AIDS. This day integrates many activities from around the world. What is worth knowing?
What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day or World AIDS Day is a holiday that has been celebrated on December 1, at the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), since 1988.
On this day, conferences, happenings and educational campaigns aimed at the prevention of HIV and AIDS are held all over the world. Reports and films can be watched on TV to raise awareness of the threat and make people sensitive to issues related to HIV infection and the disease it causes. Candles symbolizing the memory of the victims of HIV and AIDS are also lit.
The Red Bow is a symbol of solidarity with people living with HIV and AIDS and their relatives. It is an integral part of World AIDS Day celebrations. The sign is in the shape of an inverted “V” (victory) to emphasize that the virus is still not defeated. The red color symbolizes blood and love.
World AIDS Day is accompanied by various slogans, such as:
- Our Lives, Our World – Let’s take care of each other,
- One world. One Hope
- Listen, Teach, Live !,
- Don’t give AIDS a chance! Be responsible
- HIV does not choose. You can,
- Talk about AIDS. The past can be dangerous
- Stop AIDS. Keep your promise
- In life like in a dance, every step counts
- Come back without HIV,
- Give your child a chance, don’t give AIDS a chance.
How to celebrate World AIDS Day?
Anyone can celebrate World AIDS Day. Just attach a Red Bow to your clothes or post it on your social profile. However, since the HIV epidemic is still a current problem, it is worth acting to solve it not only on holidays, but also on a daily basis:
- learning and disseminating information about HIV and AIDS,
- learning and disseminating information on how to reduce the risk of infection,
- testing yourself for HIV,
- acting without prejudice in private and professional life,
- showing solidarity with people who suffer from HIV and AIDS.
Let us remember that there are nearly 37 million people infected with HIV in the world, and the threat of HIV in 2019 was included in the list of the top 10 health threats by the World Health Organization by the World Health Organization.
As the name suggests – these diseases are most often transmitted as a result of sexual contact: vaginal, oral and anal. Currently, medicine distinguishes several dozen of these diseases, but the most common ones are divided into four categories: bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal.
The most common viral STDs are:
- the HIV virus which causes AIDS;
- genital herpes virus (HSV);
- viral hepatitis (HBV, HCV);
- genital warts (caused by HPV).