World Aids Day is recognized each year on December 1st. It gives us an opportunity worldwide to fight against HIV, show our solidarity for those living with HIV, and to remember the people who have died. The first World Aids Day was held in 1988. Globally, an estimated 34 million individuals have HIV and more than 35 million people have died from the virus. AIDS is one of deadliest pandemics in history.
Some important facts about HIV:
- HIV can be passed on through infected bodily fluids, most commonly via sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment
- Over 90% of individuals with HIV were infected through sexual contact
- A simple saliva sample can determine if you have HIV, and you can get the results in 15-20 minutes
- HIV is not passed on through spitting, biting, or sharing utensils
- Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV
To continue to raise HIV awareness throughout the year, check out http://www.worldaidsday.org/index.php, an interactive website providing information we all should know about this disease.
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