HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from all over the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and reveal international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. It has become one of the most widely recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, remember those who have died, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
- Focus on the importance of expanding coverage for preventive and treatment services for HIV infection locally and internationally.
- Monitor the spread of HIV/AIDS at the international level and the availability of the related treatment and protection services.
- Develop policies and provide standard and technical guidelines to assist countries to boost involvement in the health sector; in order to combat the HIV/AIDS.
- There is currently no effective cure. Once people get HIV, they have it for life.
- HIV can be controlled with proper medical care.
- People with HIV who receive effective drugs can live long, healthy lives and protect their partners.
- Globally: December 1st, 2020.