World AIDS Day 2022: Every year on December 1st, the world observes World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS. The goal of the day is to promote awareness and unite people all around the world in the fight against the global health issue of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The day provides 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.
World AIDS Day 2022: Theme
The theme for World AIDS Day in 2022 is “equalize.” According to UNAIDS, “The slogan is a call to action. It is a prompt for all of us to work for the proven practical actions needed to address inequalities and help end AIDS.
World AIDS Day 2022: Significance
World AIDS Day is significant in fighting the stigma associated with the disease and focusing on providing care and support to individuals who are already infected. Like with most major public health issues, the HIV pandemic has only been presented with further challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
World AIDS Day: History
World AIDS Day was first designated in August 1988 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, to get some semblance of control over the pandemic that had claimed the lives of so many people. Both James W Bunn and Thomas Netter worked as public information officers for the World Health Organization’s AIDS Global Program. When the first World AIDS Day was marked in 1988, it was estimated that between 90,000 and 150,000 persons were HIV-positive, leading to AIDS. They conveyed the idea for the observation of this day to the Director of the AIDS Global Program, Dr Johnathan Mann, who approved it for December 1. Since the 1990s, research and medical practises have made significant improvements in the care of HIV patients.