World Aids Day

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Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

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To make this year's World AIDS Day theme "human rights and access to treatment" - a success, the following aims need to be met:
  • Non-discrimination: Those battling with HIV/AIDS should be treated with upmost equality with others and should not be discriminated against on the gourd of their HIV status.
  • Right to privacy: HIV status of the patients must be kept confidential
  • Right to liberty and freedom of movement: Those suffering from HIV/AIDS should be protected against imprisonment, segregation, or isolation in a special hospital ward
  • Right to education/information: Access to all HIV prevention education and information and sexual and reproductive health information and education should be ensured
  • Right to health: There should be access to all health care prevention services, including for sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, voluntary counseling and testing, and to male and female condoms.
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