Founded in 1988, World Aids Day was the first global health day. Now, it takes place every year on 1 December. The day offers people worldwide several opportunities to fight against HIV, and eventually in Reaching Zero HIV. The day is all about showing support to people that have to live with HIV. It also serves to honor the people who have died from any AIDS-related illness. This day deserves as much recognition as possible.
HIV is a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight against infections and diseases. It is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person already infected with HIV. This most often happens during unprotected sex. When no treatment is received, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS. Life expectancy after the diagnosis of AIDS is often not more than three years. The HIV virus was only identified in 1984, but over 35 million people have died of it. This makes it one of the most disastrous pandemics worldwide. It is of huge importance that people can be open about it and get tested before it is too late and serious health problems will occur.
Statistics about the UK
In the UK, it was estimated by the National Aids Trust (NAT) that there were 103.800 people living with HIV in 2018. 93% of these people are actually diagnosed, and 97% of the people diagnosed are on treatment. As mentioned, many of the people with diagnosed HIV acquired the condition through sexual transmission. The NAT depicted that the percentage of people who acquired HIV through heterosexual sex (46.2%) is very similar to the percentage of people who acquired it through sex between men (46.4%). Smaller proportions of people acquired HIV through drug use (1.9%) or vertical transmission (2.0%). World Aids Day is of concern to all sexually active human beings.
Reaching Zero HIV
Within the UK, the ratio of people having HIV, being diagnosed with it and being treated for it is not really worrying. A lot of improvements are visible over time when it comes to the treatment and the general knowledge about the condition. Besides, there are actual laws to protect people who live with HIV. However, there is more going on behind the scenes that causes Reaching Zero HIV to be a challenge. Despite the many improvements, a lot of people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. Difficulties are still experienced amongst people with HIV, as they experience negative stigmatization and discrimination.
The Terrence Higgins Trust
Attention for a good sexual health is of huge concern to the Terrence Higgins Trust. This UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity originated in the eighties and still supports people living with HIV. Its values and mission are all about fighting against HIV and improving the nation’s sexual health. World Aids Day is the most important time for them. Every year on 1 December, they come together to remember the lives lost and to show support to all people living with HIV at this moment. This year, the organization got a pledge from the UK Government to end new HIV transmissions by 2030.
Show your Support for HIV
The chance to end new HIV transmissions is amazing when it comes to achieving the end goal of Reaching Zero HIV. It deserves as much recognition and support as possible. This is why Body By Nature sells LGBT Vegan labelled supplements, like the LGBT Multi Vitamin & Mineral. The profits of these products go to LGBT Charities like the Terrence Higgins Trust. We hope that you will show your support to both World Aids Day and the wonderful organizations involved. Together we can raise more awareness for HIV, and one day we will reach that goal of Zero HIV.
There is still a huge need to increase awareness, to fight prejudice and improve education when it comes to HIV. World Aids Day reminds everyone that HIV is still there, and that it concerns all of us. We should be open and supportive to each other, no matter what. We should stand together, side by side, to defeat HIV.