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World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day. As the first day of World AIDS Month, it is important because it is the beginning of a month long observation in which the fight against AIDS is brought back to the attention of the world.

World AIDS Day unites communities from all around the world in an effort to make a stand to reaffirm their commitment to the fight HIV and AIDS.

It is a day set aside to commemorate the strides that have been made in the battle to conquer the disease once and for all.

  • HIV means Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It attacks the body's immune system and makes people more susceptible to infections and diseases. It is passed from person to person through the intermingling blood, sexual contact, and other body fluids.
  • AIDS means Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is a disease caused by the HIV virus. AIDS develops when the body has been weakened by the HIV virus and gradually loses it's ability to fight infections.

World AIDS Day brings much needed attention to the millions of people around the world who have died from AIDS and the millions more who are living with the HIV virus along with those who are living with full blown AIDS.

AIDS and the HIV virus has a chilling effect on the lives of those who contract it. It affects their way of life and the lives of their family, friends, and it can bring a sense of dread to whole communities.

World AIDS Day celebrates the advances that have been made in fighting the disease. It brings HIV and AIDS to the forefront of discussion and keeps it in the public psyche.

It also educates people around the world about the precautions that should be taken to limit the chances of getting the disease, especially during sexual encounters and the sharing of drug paraphernalia.

Although progress is being made in finding a cure for the dreaded disease, AIDS is far from being cured. But there are advanced drugs and treatments that has lowered the mortality rate for those who are infected. There has been a marked decline in AIDS related deaths in recent years.

There is still a lot work to do in combating AIDS and HIV but the future looks promising for a cure. Although there is no cure at this point, HIV is not the automatic death sentence that it was just a few years ago. Many people who have the disease are living full and robust lives with it.

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