11 November 2011

World Aids Day and Hiv Aids Awareness

As you must be aware of the fact that, HIV/AIDS is one of the most dreaded diseases of all times and is capable of wreaking havoc in a far more destructible manner than any terrorist outfit. It therefore becomes very necessary for us to act in a responsible manner and try to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

A number of steps have been taken in the last few years by national as well as international organization to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Observing 1 December as the International World AIDS Day is an important step in this direction.

The first World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December 1988, as an initiative step by the World Health Organization (WHO). The event was supported by the United nations General Assembly and the International AIDS Conference in1988. As a result the International World AIDS Day came into force. The idea was to spread education in regard to how HIV gets spread and how to save oneself from getting infected with HIV.

In the initial years, however, the focus remained mainly around children and young people, but gradually, AIDS began to be addressed as a universal disease and other sectors of the society were also involved.

In 1996, another important step was taken in this regard and the United Nations program on AIDS (UNAIDS) came into force and took over the responsibility of organizing the World AIDS Day. As it is, in order to tackle the grave situation, which AIDS posed before us, it was decided, to create a universal campaign which could function, all through the year in educating and preventing the spread of the disease further. That was how the World AIDS Campaign came into force in 1997.

In 2004, however, the World AIDS Day became an independent organization. As it is, the World AIDs Day became something which everybody could take part in.

However, despite the best efforts of the organizations all across the globe, HIV continues to spread and affect a number of people all across the world. In the year 2007 itself there were more than two million new cases of HIV infection reported. Therefore, it becomes important that we as responsible world citizens realize this fact, that no organization can actually stop AIDS, until we act in a responsible manner. We should therefore take extensive steps in promoting the cause of the World AIDS Day and extend our full support in making this event a huge success, not only on 1st of December, but throughout the year.

There are a number of things that you can do. As it is, many people have organized charity events, art shows, musical shows etc. to gather funds for this cause. Also many people manufacture and sell red ribbons which are a universal symbol of AIDS awareness. You can take part in similar activity, by getting your event registered with the World AIDS Day. By doing so, you would do a great service to humanity.

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