"World AIDS Day"

World aids day 2019 theme

The theme for the 2019 observance is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”.

December 1 | World AIDS day


Dictionary meaning of the word AIDS is Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a disease in which there is a severe loss of the body's cellular immunity

December 1 | World AIDS day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December every year. This is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, to support those living with HIV and to remember those who have died of AIDS-related illnesses.

Who Started AIDS Day?

Bunn and Netter said their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). He liked the concept and approved it. Moreover he agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be on 1 December 1988.

When World AIDS Day was Declared?

The World Health Organization declared December 1, 1988 as World AIDS Day. On October 27, 1988, the UN General Assembly officially ratified it. World AIDS Day is observed annually thereafter.

How Do You Get HIV/AIDS?

  • H – Human – This particular virus can only infect human beings
  • I – Immunodeficiency – HIV weakens your immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. A "deficient" immune system can't protect you.
  • V – Virus – A virus can only reproduce itself by taking over a cell in the body of its host

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a lot like other viruses, including those that cause the "flu" or the common cold. But there is an important difference – over time, your immune system can clear most viruses out of your body. That isn't the case with HIV – the human immune system can't seem to get rid of it. Scientists are still trying to figure out why

We know that HIV can hide for long periods of time in the cells of your body and that it attacks a key part of your immune system – your T-cells or CD4 cells. Your body has to have these cells to fight infections and disease, but HIV invades them, uses them to make more copies of itself, and then destroys them

Over time, HIV can destroy so many of your CD4 cells that your body can't fight infections and diseases anymore. When that happens, HIV infection can lead to AIDS.

Where Did HIV Come From?

Scientists believe HIV came from a particular kind of chimpanzee in Western Africa. Humans probably came in contact with HIV when they hunted and ate infected animals. Recent studies indicate that HIV may have jumped from monkeys to humans as far back as the late 1800s

How AIDS Spreads

  • blood transfusions ( not very common anymore)
  • being born with it
  • having unprotected sex with someone who has AIDS
  • using a used needle on the ground, picking it up, and getting the infected blood into an open wound
  • getting blood from someone else's cut who has AIDS

You can't get AIDS by doing any of the following things

  • By being near or touching someone who has AIDS
  • HIV does not travel as tears, air, or sweat
  • You can kiss a person infected with HIV on the cheek
    Note:-but you shouldn't do any big, deep kissing since small amounts of HIV have been found in saliva.

Beware of used needles

Present days one of the main threats is littering used needles. It is mostly found in developing or underdeveloped countries. Remember its a social evil If you find a used needle on the ground, don't touch it. Especially if you have an open cut. The blood from the needle might have HIV in or on it.


Let Us Start the Battle Against HIV 
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