World AIDS Day, which is celebrated on December 1 every year, offers a platform for Government and people to raise awareness about AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) and HIV infection. AIDS is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and is a spectrum of diseases. World AIDS Day is celebrated to show solidarity and support to people who are infected with HIV and to remember those who lost their life due to conditions related to AIDS. Discussions about AIDS and speeches will be organised by NGOs, government and non-government organisations, individuals and health officials across the globe on this day to raise awareness about AIDS pandemic. The WHO (World Health Organization) observes eight health campaigns and World AIDS Day is one of the most widely known campaigns. Like every year, World AIDS Day 2016 will give an opportunity to speak out about AIDS, educate people about the condition, increase awareness, raise money for the cause and fight prejudice.
World AIDS Day 2016 theme and objective
Since the first HIV cases, 35 million people have died due to conditions related to AIDS and 78 million have been tested positive for HIV infection. So, although science has progressed and today we have a life-saving HIV treatment, AIDS is still winning. Thousands of people get infected with HIV each year, and there is no decline in the number of new HIV infection among adult. The risk of contracting HIV infection is high among young women and few communities like the gay community as there is a poor rate of testing for HIV, high-risk of HIV infection and adherence to the treatment is poor. So, for World AIDS Day 2016 the theme is Hands up for #HIVprevention.
Themes for the World AIDS Day is selected after consulting WHO, UNAIDS and many international and nation agencies, which are involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. From 2005 to 2010, the theme for World AIDS Day was ‘Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise’. This year it is Hands up for #HIVprevention. People need to be educated about methods to prevent HIV infection and thereby decreasing the number of new infections. Under the Sustainable Development Goals, the main objective is to stop the AIDS epidemic by 2030.