World AIDS Day- December 1st

World Aids Day is on the 1st December and has been remembered every year since 1988.  This day is dedicated to uniting us in the fight against HIV, raising awareness of Aids and the HIV Infection and to support people living with the virus.  World AIDS Day is important as it reminds us the virus has not gone away – there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.  For more information about this day visit, https://www.worldaidsday.org/

Here is a brief reminder about AIDS and HIV.  AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is a collection of illnesses caused by a virus picked up by people that makes their immune system weak. You can’t get an AIDS diagnosis unless you’re already HIV positive. To learn more about the virus, the signs, symptoms and living with the disease see the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hiv-and-aids/

 

 

Today, we know much more about the virus than we did in the 1980s, when it was first identified.  Medication and scientific advancements have helped in the treatment of AIDS and there is support for people living with the virus.  To learn more about the Terrence Higgins charity, which helps support people living with the virus see, https://www.tht.org.uk/our-work 

For a personal account of a nurse who worked with AIDS patients in the 1980s see the following clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PNiRNI2Oa8.

 

What can you do?

  • Wear a red ribbon leading up to and on the 1st December to raise awareness and support for people living with the AIDS virus.
  • Raise money to help fight the virus, for more information see https://www.worldaidsday.org/campaign/