Every 1st of December World AIDS Day takes place as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
2017 theme: Right to health
The theme for World AIDS Day this year is Right to health. World Health Organization pretends, with this theme, to highlight the need to reach the goal of universal health coverage for all 36.7 million people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic.
Under the slogan “Everybody counts”, WHO will advocate for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines, including medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities as well as health care services for all people in need, while also ensuring that they are protected against financial risks.
Key messages to achieve UHC:
- Leave no one behind
- HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis services are integrated
- High-quality services are available for those with HIV
- People living with HIV have access to affordable care
- The HIV response is robust and leads to stronger health systems
8 AIDS’ FACTS
This year Helicopteros Sanitarios will support AIDS Day by listing some interesting facts. If you would like to know some more information about AIDS, how HIV spreads and its symptoms, have a look at our article World AIDS Day 2016.
- Since HIV was discovered in 1981, it has infected more than 75 million people and claimed more than 36 million lives.
- HIV infects cells of the immune system. AIDS refers to the most advanced stages of HIV infection.
- 700 children become newly-infected with HIV each day.
- Sub-Saharan Africa is the most-affected region, with nearly one in every 20 adults living with HIV. Sixty-nine percent of all people living with HIV are living in this region of the world.
- Combination antiretrovial therapy (ART) prevents HIV from multiplying in the body.
- Elimination of mother-to-child-transmission is becoming a reality.
- Once a person has been infected with HIV he/she won’t experience any symptoms for about 10 years, when the immune system stops working.
- About 80% of people experience a short, flu-like illness after two to six weeks of getting infected. This flu-like illness is also known as seroconversion illness.
As HIV symptoms often do not occur after 10 years of getting infected, it is recommended to still take an HIV test if you may have been at risk at any time in the past, even if you experience no symptoms. You can get tested at Helicopteros Sanitarios any time.