Towards an HIV/AIDS-free world: World AIDS Day 2020

Culled from the official website of the WHO

Statistics show that;
38,000,000 estimated number of people were living with HIV in 2019.
1,700,000 people were newly infected with HIV in 2019.
690,000 people died of HIV-related causes in 2019.
68% of adults living with HIV received lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2019.

The world has made significant progress since the late 1990s, but HIV remains a major global public health issue. And like many other major health issues, it faces additional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care services are all being disrupted particularly in countries with fragile heath systems. The breakdown in essential HIV services due to COVID-19 is threatening lives. Any slowing down in provision of these services will leave many vulnerable populations at greater risk of HIV infection and AIDS-related deaths. Nevertheless, all over the world, health workers and community representatives are doing their utmost to keep services going, adopting innovative ways to overcome disruptions in services caused by COVID-19.

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WHO joins partners in paying tribute to all those working to provide HIV services, and in calling on global leaders and citizens to rally for “global solidarity” to maintain essential HIV services during COVID 19 and beyond. It is a call to focus on vulnerable groups who are already at risk and expand coverage to children and adolescentsAnd in 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, it is a call for more protection and support to these health workers who have long been on the frontline of HIV service delivery.  We can all contribute to the effort to end AIDS and  make the world a healthier place.

What can you do to help flatten the curve?

You can help to reduce the number of new infections by being more intentional about your hygiene and sexual health amongst others.

Go for routine HIV screening as well as practice Safe Sex and Sexual Responsibility.

Photo credit: Canva

A HIV/AIDS world is possible.

It begins with you!

Read our article on Knowing your HIV status.


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