World AIDS Day 2021: The world observes AIDS Day on December 1 every year to highlight the work done to eliminate the epidemic and to raise awareness about HIV.
World AIDS Day 2021 commemorates the ones who passed away due to HIV and extends support to those who are living with a life-threatening condition.
World AIDS Day 2021, apart from raising awareness about the problem, will also provide an opportunity to let people know about their rights and how they can protect themselves against the discrimination and stigma that is caused because of AIDS.
In 1986, India detected its first case of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This day raises awareness and unites people worldwide in the fight against the global health issue, it is also vital to fight the shame around it and focus on administering care and support for those who are already living with the disease.
World AIDS Day 2021: Theme
The theme of World AIDS Day 2021 is ‘End inequalities. End AIDS’. On World AIDS Day, the World Health Organisation and its partners have been highlighting the need for a special focus on reaching people who are left behind. The global health body is calling on global leaders to rally to end the inequalities that drive AIDS.
History and Significance of World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day was first assigned in August 1988 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, to get some likeness of control over the pandemic that had claimed the lives of so many people. Both James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter were public information officers for the AIDS Global Program of the World Health Organisation. They conveyed the idea for the observation of this day to the Director of the AIDS Global Program, Dr Johnathan Mann, who approved it for December 1.
On 1 December 2021, WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally to confront the inequalities that drive AIDS and to reach people who are currently not receiving essential HIV services.