1st December is observed as World AIDS Day. This year the theme is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. It was a common perception that HIV and AIDS infests only the lower and middle income countries but today HIV is a threat to people all across the globe, irrespective of the socio-economic condition of the country.
Protecting Human Rights
In the past, leaders all across the world pledged to recognise universal access for treatment of HIV/AIDS, prevention and care as fundamental human right. But despite this, even today due to constraints in supply of drugs and diagnostics, limited human resource and lack of systems to manage programmes and monitor progress, less than half of the infected people are still in need of antiretroviral therapy.
In this regard, protection of human rights becomes extremely important because we aren’t fighting a regional battle against HIV/ AIDS. So, this year, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, instead of violating human rights we must promote individual human rights and prevent the spread of this lethal retrovirus.
What can you do?
Wear a ribbon to raise awareness
An international symbol of AIDS awareness, the red ribbon, is worn globally and particularly on World AIDS Day to show your concern about HIV/AIDS. Wear this ribbon to remind people that their constant support and commitment is required in order to uproot HIV/AIDS.
Participate in local events
If you want to go a step further, try participating in a local events. To name a few these include candlelight vigils, marches, art shows and street shows. If you can’t locate anything in your area then organise an event yourself. Mobilise the people of the community for a greater cause.
Keeping in mind the fact that people suffering from HIV/AIDS have to deal not only with discrimination but also with poverty and lack of healthcare, you can perhaps raise funds for them. The idea is to do something concrete.
Common, do something for the people worldwide, for some you know and for some you don’t. Make sure you play your part in promoting and protecting human rights so that global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.