Today is World AIDS Day. It is marked on the 1st of December every year to highlight the work done to eliminate the epidemic. The day is also observed to extend support to those who have to live with the life-threatening condition caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV.
The first World AIDS Day was observed in 1988. HIV remains a major public health issue that affects millions of people across the world.
The virus attacks the immune system and reduces its resistance to other diseases, thereby putting the life of the patient at risk. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. The theme for this year is ‘Equalize’ to address inequalities that are holding back progress in ending AIDS.