World AIDS Day 2021: Theme, history, and significance

NEW YORK: World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 where people all across the world raise awareness of the life-threatening disease.

In this disease, the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection (HIV) leads to Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) which further attacks the immune system of the patient and reduces its resistance to other diseases.

On this day, government officials and individuals all around the globe educate people on how to prevent and control AIDS.

World AIDS Day was put forward by two Public Information Officers, James Bunn and Thomas Netter in August 1988. The two officers then took the idea to the Director of the Global Programme on AIDS, and the concept was approved immediately. Since then, it was agreed that AIDS Day will be observed on December 1, every year.

Interestingly, the theme of World AIDS Day focused on children and young people in its first two years. And since the 1990s, researchers and medical practitioners have made significant improvements to take care of the people living with the disease.

This year, the UNAIDS is looking forward to end inequalities that drive AIDS and other inequalities in the world.

It must be noted that the theme of World AIDS Day 2021 is “End inequalities. End AIDS”.

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