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Toronto, Dec 1 (Canadian-Media): Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day (WAD) takes place on the 1st December each year when people worldwide unite in the fight against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to show support for people living with HIV. WAD also commemorates those who have died from an acquired Immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) related illness, media reports said.
World AIDS Day. Image credit: WHO
WAD also commemorates those who have died from an acquired Immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) related illness.
According to official statistics, an estimated 36.7 million people globally out of which 100,000 people are living with HIV in the United Kingdom (UK). In spite of the fact of the identification of its the virus in 1984, more than 35 million people had died of HIV or AIDS making this one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health & Long Term Care tweeted on his twitter account: @DrEricHoskins
"I would also like to recognize the dedicated individuals and organizations whose work over the past decades have helped to reduce new HIV infections and improve the health and well-being of people affected by HIV/AIDS. (2/2) #WorldAIDSDay."
Eric Hoskins. Image credit: Twitter handle
Kathleen Wynne, Ontario premiere tweeted On #WorldAIDSDay, 'we remember those we’ve lost to AIDS-related illnesses & show our support for everyone in Ontario & around the world affected by HIV/AIDS. The work organizations like @CaseyHouseTO & others across the province are doing to fight stigma & provide care is vital.'
Due to the scientific advances in HIV treatment and the presence of laws to protect people living with HIV, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, and are unaware of how to protect themselves and others and stigma and discrimination associated it remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
The importance of WAD is that it reminds the public a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education and an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day.
World AIDS Day may be once a year, but its support to people living with HIV should be all year round.
Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on World AIDS Day:
Justin Trudeau: Image credit: Official
“The first week of December is also Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. In Canada, Indigenous Peoples continue to be over-represented in the HIV epidemic, making up more than 10 per cent of all new infections. The Government of Canada is committed to working with Indigenous partners and communities to build supportive environments and culturally appropriate approaches to meeting the needs of Indigenous Peoples in addressing HIV/AIDS.
“We know that HIV disproportionately affects the world’s poorest and most vulnerable – especially women and girls. Advancing gender equality must be part of the solution. We pledged $804 million during the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The Conference raised over $12.9 billion in pledges, which will be instrumental in ending this devastating epidemic by 2030. Together, we can make sure people living with HIV/AIDS have access to the treatment, care, and support they need.
“Together, let’s end it. Let’s unite to end stigma and discrimination, end isolation, and end HIV transmission. Today and every day, let’s stand with people living with HIV – and meet this global challenge together.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)