Today is World AIDS Vaccine Day. The day gives us an opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to the scientists, health workers, community members and social workers who are working tirelessly to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan wrote on Twitter today and wrote: “This epidemic has exposed the nuances of vaccines as before.” World AIDS Vaccine Day serves as an opportunity to express gratitude to scientists and researchers working together to find a safe, effective vaccine to prevent HIV infection. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “HIV is still continuing.” A major global public health issue, which has so far claimed the lives of about 33 million people. ”
World AIDS Vaccine Day: 10 Facts
- HIV or human immunodeficiency virus attacks cells that help the body fight infection. HIV makes a person more susceptible to other diseases.
- It is spread by exposure to certain body fluids of a person with HIV.
- If left untreated, HIV can cause AIDS or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
- There is currently no vaccine that can prevent or treat HIV infection. Although scientists are working to develop a vaccine for AIDS.
- More and more people with HIV are leading normal lives because they have access to life-saving anti-retroviral therapy or ART.
- Vaccines are the most effective means of preventing and even eradicating infectious diseases.
- An estimated 38.0 million people were living with HIV by the end of 2019: WHO
- By June 2020, 26 million people were using antiretroviral therapy, an increase of 2.4% from the estimate of 25.4 million at the end of 2019: WHO
- Increased HIV vulnerability is often associated with legal and social factors, which increase exposure to risk situations and create barriers to access to effective, quality and affordable HIV prevention, testing and treatment services: WHO
- HIV testing should be voluntary and the right to refuse testing should be recognized. Forced testing by any authority is not acceptable as it undermines good public health practice and violates human rights: WHO