World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people all around the world to unite in the fight against HIV. This day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV is still a pandemic, so as to increase its awareness.
HIV is a virus that infects vital organs and cells of the human immune system. It can be transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids and breast milk. There are an estimated 34 million people who have the HIV/ AIDS globally. The virus was identified in 1984 and more than 35 million people have died since then.
This years’ theme urges people to know their HIV status through testing, and to access HIV prevention and its treatment.
Why People do not want to know their Status
• They do not believe they are at risk of contracting HIV Aids.
• They do not think it is necessary because they constantly have protected sex.
• They are scared because their status may be positive.
• They are afraid of stigmatization.
Texting positive for HIV can be battle, but it is a step in the right direction for your health and also to lower your risk of transmitting the virus. What are you waiting for? Know your status today!
For book lovers, below are some fiction titles on HIV/AIDS available in our Community Library:
- Beyond the End by Olanipekun, Olayemi
- Appointment with AIDS by Agoziem, Chukwubike
- Dilemma of an African Prince by Awelewa, Abayomi