World AIDS Day is a day for the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
It began in August 1987 in Geneva Switzerland.
Every year, they focus on a different theme:
- 1988 – Communication
- 1989 – Youth
- 1990 – Women and AIDS
- 1991 – Sharing the Challenge
- 1992 – Community Commitment
- 1993 – Act
- 1994 – AIDS and the Family
- 1995 – Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
- 1996 – One World. One Hope.
- 1997 – Children Living in a World with AIDS
- 1998 – Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
- 1999 – Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People
- 2000 – AIDS: Men Make a Difference
- 2001 – I care. Do you?
- 2002 – Stigma and Discrimination
- 2003 – Stigma and Discrimination
- 2004 – Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS
- 2005 – Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise
- 2006 – Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Accountability
- 2007 – Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Leadership
- 2008 – Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Lead – Empower – Deliver
- 2009 – Universal Access and Human Rights
- 2010 – Universal Access and Human Rights
- 2011 – Getting to Zero
- 2012 – Getting to Zero
For those that don’t know, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the final stage of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV breaks down the body’s immune system, leaving the body open to diseases and infections. There is no cure for AIDS or HIV, but there are medical regiments out there to help slow down the effects of HIV and to help create as normal of a lifestyle as possible.
Anyone can contract HIV/AIDS, regardless of their race, age, religion or their sexual orientation.
HIV can be contracted through contact with infected blood, seminal and vaginal fluids and breast milk… NOT from hugging, kissing or loving a person who is HIV positive.
Ways to protect yourself:
- Use a Condom!
- Don’t share needles!
- Be Smart!
- Get Tested!
- Getting tested is as easy a prick in the finger!
- Remember to get tested regularly, you’ll be able to find out the results the day of your test if you choose to do the Rapid or Point-of-care Test. This test won’t tell you the next day after unprotected sex if you have HIV or not, since it takes a few months for your body to show signs
- If you think that you might have been in contact with someone who is HIV+, go to your doctor and there are medical treatments to reduce the risk of contracting HIV
- Planned Parenthood is an international organization with locations all around the world that does HIV testing
And for people who are too lazy to read, here are two videos with information about AIDS and HIV.