It also helps to remind one that while the pandemic is under control now it is by no means gone and carelessness or apathy will definitely ensure that it comes roaring back.
Introduction AIDS has ended up taking well over 28.9 million lives in the years since the disease was first discovered.
That discrimination makes it difficult, if not outright impossible, for them to access healthcare.
Add to this the fact that activities associated with sex work such as running a brothel are illegal, gay and bisexual men face social stigma if they come out, drug addicts are generally reviled and transgender people are looked down upon and you have the perfect combination of circumstances that breed an epidemic.
There are treatments available but they can only inhibit the virus; they can’t eliminate it from the body entirely.
In these circumstances, it becomes imperative that we focus on prevention to get to the root of the problem.
Awareness programs have spread information about HIV and how to prevent it for years now and their efforts have borne fruit. The percentage of people with HIV has reduced considerably.
So that people do not become complacent and forget that AIDS is still very much a player in the deadly diseases field various awareness initiatives have been undertaken, the most prominent of which is World AIDS Day – a day when people show their solidarity with those who are afflicted with this disease and remember those who were struck down by it.
It has no known cure although there are medicines to slow down or completely inhibit the virus spread.
Since one of the main methods of transfer of the virus is through unprotected sex, AIDS also carries with it a stigma that ensures that society didn’t discuss it openly for a long time.