1st December, World AIDS Day

This year marks thirty years since the very first World AIDS Day. However, HIV is still an important global public health issue, as it has cost the lives of more than 35 million people worldwide to date.

In 2017 alone, 940,000 people died of HIV-related causes worldwide. By the end of last year, according to figures of the World Health Organization, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV - the highest number to date - with 1.8 million people being infected during the year

According to the WHO, the groups of people who are at the highest risk of developing HIV are men who have sexual relations with other men, users of intravenous addictive substances, people in prisons and other secluded environments, transsexuals, and prostitutes and their clients.

Prevention is always the best treatment. In terms of sexual intercourse, consistent use ofcondoms reduces the risk of HIV transmission to around 80%. Let’s all be aware of the issue of HIV and let’s all become more accountable to ourselves and to others.

 

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