World AIDS Day 2012: ‘Getting to Zero’
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 25th World AIDS Day. The international annual campaign, coordinated by National AIDS Trust (NAT) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has been increasing awareness of the disease, celebrating medical breakthroughs in treatment and remembering ones who lost their lives battling AIDS.
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The theme for this year’s observance is ‘Getting to zero: Zero new infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS deaths’. This year’s campaign urges people to work together in the fight against HIV/AIDS, for a push towards greater access to treatment for all.
Getting to ‘zero HIV infection’ has been the theme of the World AIDS Day since 1988. To make it happen, authorities call all countries, related organisations and volunteers work together to boost the worldwide effort for raising awareness, educating people about HIV/AIDS, fighting prejudice and supporting people who live with HIV.
World AIDS Day thank governments and non-government organisations for their contribution in fight against pandemic. But, reminds that there is still a long way to go and they must increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education on HIV and AIDS.
10 ‘Getting to zero’ goals for 2015
- Sexual transmission of HIV reduced by half, including among young people, men who have sex with men and transmission in the context of sex work;
- Vertical transmission of HIV eliminated and AIDS-related maternal deaths reduced by half;
- All new HIV infections prevented among people who use drugs;
- Universal access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV who are eligible for treatment;
- TB deaths among people living with HIV reduced by half;
- All people living with HIV and households affected by HIV are addressed in all national social protection strategies and have access to essential care and support;
- Countries with punitive laws and practices around HIV transmission, sex work, drug use or homosexuality that block effective responses reduced by half;
- HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence eliminated in half of the countries that have such restrictions;
- HIV-specific needs of women and girls are addressed in at least half of all national HIV responses;
- Zero tolerance for gender-based violence.
This year’s campaign urges people of all ages to get tested for HIV/AIDS and get involved in the cause to make a difference. Show your support this year by wearing the symbolic red ribbon of HIV/AIDS awareness.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Dec 01, 2012
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