Celebrated every year on 1 December, World Aids Day 2015 calls for expanding antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV, the key to ending the Aids epidemic within a generation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The day is also a way to demonstrate international solidarity for people living with HIV and to commemorate the spirit of those who have died battling the deadly disease.
Run by WHO as one of its global public health campaigns, World Aids Day was the first ever global health day. Currently in its 28th edition, it was observed for the first time in 1988.
The theme of World Aids Day 2015 is: Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030. The federal theme this year is: The time to act is now.
Both themes comply with UNAIDS’s fast-track strategy to end the Aids epidemic by 2030. The strategy aims at averting 21 million Aids-related deaths, 28 million new HIV infections and 5.9 million new infections among children by 2030. Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Please show your support by wearing a red ribbon. You can only be certain you have HIV if you have an HIV test. If you think you might be at risk, you should seek medical advice immediately. The earlier HIV is diagnosed, the earlier you can start treatment and avoid becoming ill. If you do have HIV, delaying diagnosis will allow the virus to cause more damage to your immune system and your health. The sooner you get tested, the sooner you can start treatment and avoid passing the virus to someone else. HIV testing is available on the NHS free of charge to anyone. Many clinics can provide test results on the same day the test is taken. The Recovery Partnership can provide HIV tests free of charge.
Anyone concerned about their use of alcohol, drugs or HIV can contact our local services for help and advice: