World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is held on 1st December every year. The occasion gives people the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. On this day people show their support for people living with HIV and AIDS and also remember those who have sadly passed away.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the immune system.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is not a single disease but a spectrum of diseases caused by having reduced immunity due to HIV.
The illness alters the immune system making people more susceptible to infections and diseases.
HIV is found in the bodily fluids of an infected person. The virus is passed from one person to another through blood to blood contact like the sharing of infected needles or sexual contact.
More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK, and globally there are an estimated 33.3 million people that have the disease. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put that knowledge into action. Once you understand how HIV is transmitted then you will know what steps to take to prevent it. Always ensure that you protect yourself by using a condom when having sex. This is the most effective form of protection.
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Visit the World AIDS Day website to find out more information about AIDS and HIV.