World AIDS Day: End Inequalities, End AIDS – S Sahana

Reflectionist S Sahana (MBA ITBM 2021-2023)

“HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug.
Heaven knows they need it.”

Princess Diana

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988 and was the first-ever international day for global health. Each year, this theme is different, but the purpose remains the same, to spread awareness about AIDS. Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS has been classified as a pandemic that occurs due to the infection of HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Even today, there are millions of HIV patients worldwide without access to proper tests, treatments, and medicine. This virus was identified in 1984, and more than 35 million people globally have lost their lives due to this disease, making it one of the deadliest pandemics. Therefore, it is essential to observe this day every year as a reminder that HIV still exists and we need to fight it together.

This year, the theme is “End inequalities, End AIDS.” The UN had planned to end the spread of AIDS by 2030. But this target is seeming more and more difficult. The world is already suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to fewer resources being allocated to AIDS. There is a structural inequality that is preventing people from getting the care they need. There is massive economic, social, cultural, and legal inequality worldwide, and this should first be addressed and ended for us to achieve the goal of ending AIDS by 2030.

Here are some ways in which we can participate in World AIDS Day:

  • Wear a red ribbon: Red ribbons are how we show our solidarity with millions of people affected by AIDS. This act of solidarity is how we spread awareness and show the people involved with this virus that they are not forgotten.
  • Use social media: One of the best parts of social media platforms is how quickly and efficiently we can spread awareness. There are still many people who are not very educated about this virus. Use your social media to talk about it, encourage people to get tested, and be safe.
  • Fundraising: Many non-profit organizations raise funds to help underprivileged people get access to tests and treatments. You can donate whatever amount possible to these organizations and encourage everyone you know to do the same.
  • Get tested: On this day, many hospitals provide free HIV testing. Get yourself tested and encourage others to do so as well.

The awareness of AIDS should not end with this day only. Every day is a continuous battle for people who have been affected by this virus. We should always stand in solidarity, fight this together and end AIDS by 2030.