World AIDS Day is held on 1st December every year. The purpose of the day is to develop awareness among people about this disease and to show solidarity with the HIV/AIDS infected people in the world. This is a recognized WHO health day and celebrated since 1988.
On this awareness day, all the world focus on a specific theme, chosen by the Global Steering Committee of World AIDS control campaign. The theme for the year 2016 was ” Stands up for HIV Prevention“.
World AIDS Day: Red Ribbon
On World AIDS Day, people wear Red Ribbon or make Red Ribbon formations to show symbolic support with over 36 million people who are suffering from HIV/AIDS worldwide. It is an awareness symbol.
World AIDS Day: What is HIV/AIDS?
HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks the human immune system. The immune system is the natural defense system of the body that fights against diseases. So when the immune system gets weaker, the body can not fight against diseases effectively. Hence the body becomes a victim of infections without any immunity/resistance. The virus and the infection caused are called HIV.
White Blood Cells are a very important part of the human defense system. HIV destroys special types of white cells called CD4+ cells. If a lot of CD4+ cells are destroyed, the body can not fight against infections.
A person having HIV does not mean have AIDS because even without HIV treatment, it can take about 10 – 12 years to result in AIDS.
The last stage of HIV infection is known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). A human with AIDS is having a lower number of CD4+ cells which results in a weaker body defense system and ultimately leads to fatal infections or cancers.
World AIDS Day: Symptoms of HIV
The symptoms of HIV are given as following. But these symptoms can also relate to other illnesses. So the only way to get confirmation about positive HIV is a clinical test.
- Mouth Ulcer
- Night Sweating
- Throat soar
These symptoms can prevail from a few days to many weeks. But in some cases, such symptoms do not appear for 10-12 years. If you think that you are infected by HIV then you should undergo the medical tests as early as possible.
If HIV is positive then you should see the doctor immediately to start the treatment. You are at high risk of transmitting HIV to others.
If you are HIV positive and not on medical treatment ART(Antiretroviral Therapy) then eventually it will lead to the destruction of the immune system and ultimately result in the final infection stage of AIDS.
World AIDS Day: Symptoms of AIDS
The following may be symptoms of AIDS. But these symptoms can also relate to other illnesses. The effective way to get confirmation about positive AIDS is a clinical test.
- Losing weight rapidly
- Extremely high tiredness
- Diarrhea spanning for a week or more
- Memory loss
- Joints Pain
World AIDS Day: How AIDS Spread?
HIV/AIDS spreads through the following personal acts.
- Unprotected sex with an infected person.
- Transfusions of infected Blood products/Blood.
- Using contaminated Injection needle/ Syringe.
- Using Infected Razor Blade.
- From infected mother to baby child.
World AIDS Day: How to Stop and Control AIDS?
- Avoid illegal sexual relationships.
- Choose a life partner.
- Use a protected condom.
- Avoid contaminated injection syringe.
- User new Razor/Blades.
- Stop using infected Blood and Blood product transfusions.
World AIDS Day 2020: Inspiring Quotes
“Never, never, never surrender.” -Winston Churchill
” Act as if what you do makes a distinction. It does.” -William James
” It is never far too late to quit our prejudices.” -Henry David Thoreau
” One of the most important points in illness is never to lose heart.” -Nikolai Lenin
” Every action of your life discusses some chord that will certainly shake in endless time.” -Edwin Hubbell Chapin
” Risk to connect your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand right into the light.” -Norman B. Rice
” It misbehaves enough that people are passing away from AIDS, but no one needs to die of lack of knowledge.” -Elizabeth Taylor
” AIDS obliges individuals to think about sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: self-destruction. Or murder.” -Susan Sontag
” Pledge me you’ll constantly remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and also smarter than you think.” -A. A. Milne
” Behind every persistent health problem is just an individual searching for their method the world. We want to find love and be enjoyed and also more than happy much like you. We wish to be successful and also do something that matters. We’re simply dealing with unwanted limitations in our hero’s journey.” – Glenn Schweitzer
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