World AIDS Day is a time to come together as a community to encourage people to get tested for HIV, share resources for prevention and support those w
World AIDS Day is a time to come together as a community to encourage people to get tested for HIV, share resources for prevention and support those who are HIV positive.
During this time we should encourage all people to engage with different organizations at different sectors, stick-it-to-stigma rally, reception or film screenings or simply show your support by wearing a red ribbon.
We also need to be vigilant against discrimination and harmful stigmas that ostracize people with HIV and AIDS.
The first World Aids Day was held on 1 December 1988, conceived by the Global Programme on Aids initiative to highlight the disease and its effects on the world.
It was also held to remove the stigma from the disease and halt false rumours about how Aids was contracted.
The day is also used to call for more action from governments, the medical science community, and the private sector to develop and distribute affordable treatments.
In 2002, the former South African president Nelson Mandela launched his 46664 campaign – a global HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness initiative which aims to highlight the emergency of the disease, by raising funds through unique music-related live events – hosted by international ambassadors.
Madiba launched the campaign as an African response to the international HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Since the discovery of AIDS in 1981, it remains one of the world’s most complex conditions to touch humanity. Globally, there’s a challenge of dealing with the increased number of new infections in young women, sex workers and gay men.
South Africa is currently working on a number of strategies to create awareness and also come up with interventions that will have high impact on the fight against HIV/ AIDS.
One of the strategies is the establishment of a program focusing on the 19 – 24 year olds because they are more vulnerable, some of them no longer have access to social grant and you find that the issue of transitional sex happens there – the blesser and blessee situation.
Through the Council which includes government departments and other civil society stakeholders, greater impact has been made in reducing mother to child transmission.
South Africa today provides 3.4 million HIV positive people with antiretroviral treatment. In addition South Africa has launched the largest TB screening campaign to detect and combat TB infections.