“Let us give publicity to HIV-AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness, like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and to say somebody has died because of HIV,” Mr. Mandela said that morning. “And people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.” NELSON MANDELA
This year’s slogan of the UNAIDS World AIDS Day is “Community makes the difference”: a celebration of the communities with which activism and volunteering have made a concrete contribution to the cause, assisting HIV-positive people and fighting for assistance dignified health care, to raise awareness of HIV and prevent new infections.
Without organized communities and associations, 24 million people could not count today on insured medical care and the availability of antiretroviral drugs. About 6% of all HIV funding, according to UNAIDS, goes to communities that promote human rights, which challenge discrimination, criminalization and stigma
World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.
As of 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Thanks to recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the death rate from AIDS epidemic has decreased since its peak in 2005 (1 million in 2016, compared to 1.9 million in 2005).