World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st each year and was the first ever global health day celebrated, beginning in 1988. It’s an opportunity for us to come together globally to unite in the fight against HIV. This is also a time to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
AIDS is one of the most destructive pandemics we have ever faced. Whilst it was only first recognised in 1984, an estimated 35 million people have succumbed to the illness and HIV since then. Globally, it is believed around 38 million people live with AIDS or HIV making it a hugely important consideration in global health communities.
So what can you do on December 1st, 2022? It is likely that you will encounter HIV or AIDS as a primary or secondary condition in patients throughout your career. Therefore, it is important to familiarise yourself with the symptoms and potential risks associated with the virus. You could use this day to better acquaint yourself with the resources and support available to your patients as there is lots of information out there which will benefit both you and them.
You can also wear a red ribbon, fundraise, or get tested as part of the events promoting World Aids Day on December 1st. There are many opportunities to show your support, both on an individual and community level.