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WORLD AIDS DAY, Some key facts and figures...

 WHAT IS HIVAND AIDS?

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system whereas AIDS is a set of symptoms and illnesses that develops at the final stage of HIV infection, if left untreated.

With treatment, people living with HIV can live a long and healthy life

CURRENT NUMBERS

38 Million people are currently living with HIV or AIDS Approximately 81% of people with HIV globally knew their HIV status in 2019.

SINCE THE START

  1. 75.7 Million people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic. 
  2. 32.7 Million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start. 

HIV/AIDS IN INDIA

2.1 Million people are living with HIV in India which makes it the

THIRD HIGHEST

HIV EPIDEMIC

IN THE WORLD

2017 saw the death of 69,000 people due to AIDS-related causes nationwide. 


GLOBAL KEY POINTS

  1. Over 2/3 of all people living with HIV live in the WHO African Region (25.7 million)
  2. The LMIC (Low and middle income countries) are the most hit region with HIV
  3.  In the last 2 decades, 39% new HIV infections, 51% HIV-related deaths. 15 million lives saved due to antiretroviral therapy.

BUSTING THE MYTHS

HIV is not transmitted through touch or any other physical contact like kissing, hugging, sharing food etc. 

There is no cure for HIV whereas through treatment, one can live a long and a healthy life. 

HIV is not associated to any specific community, sexual orientation or any such thing whatsoever. 


THE RED RIBBON

The red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV. 

The idea of the red ribbon came in 1991 by a group of 12 artists for a project for Visual AIDS, a New York HIV-awareness arts organisation. 

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