December 1st marks the key awareness day, World Aids Day, a day to highlight the status of HIV and AIDS around the world. Also, its focus is to shed light on preventive measures and steps for eradication. First launched in 1988, to alert the world that 2 out of 3 children who were living with the virus were not getting treatment. Today, 35 million people around the world are living with HIV, and it is estimated that 19 million of them are unaware of ever contracting it.
According to the UN, young women are at extreme risk in certain parts of the world. Due to the conditions in which they live- poverty, lack of education and security, they are far more susceptible and vulnerable. In addition, access to treatment and preventive care is scarce.
However, the objective is to stamp out the ghastly virus and disease by 2030. Yet there is one issue that many experts are gathering. HIV and AIDS are left to compete with the deadly Ebola virus for treatment and resources. Even though the picture seems bleak, new approaches are being made to stamp out HIV and its disease. A fast-track program for 2020 will target the 30 countries around the world that are pervasive for HIV and AIDS. The five year plan, called 90-90-90 will target 90% of the HIV population who knows their HIV status, 90% of those with HIV and on treatment and 90% of people who are on treatment with suppressed viral loads. Though this is just one tactical measure, other plans are being made to increase deductions by 2020.
For resources and ways you can help, check out the World AIDS Day 2014 Website.