Raising awareness on World AIDS Day

A couple kiss as they pose for a selfie at a park near the Forbidden City in Beijing on Nov 29 2019

AIDS first occurred in the world in 1981, with the first case being reported in Slovakia in 1985.

HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks and can destroy the body's immune system, leading to the disease AIDS.

The county health department will also display a "nationally-renowned AIDS Memorial Quilt" in its main lobby from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. "American leadership has proven that together we can save lives".

A total of 38 million people are living with HIV / AIDS, according to the latest worldwide statistics, and despite global efforts to eradicate the disease and the possibility of infection by 2030, the resources available to treat patients decreased by $1billion in 2018. Previous year it was slightly up, at 199 people - but still a far cry from the epidemic's peak in the 1990s, when in 1996 more than 700 people were diagnosed in the province.

Many people living with HIV in Africa and the Middle East, however, don't have regular access to ART services. As a mother of four, I can relate to doing everything that I could to protect my children and @ejaf helps mothers so that their babies are born free of HIV.

"Slovakia belongs to the European Union member states with the lowest HIV incidence, but we've recently witnessed the increase in the number of new cases, particularly in the case of homosexual men", said chief hygienist of Slovakia, Ján Mikas, on World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

The ministry said that the number of patients treated with lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) has doubled to over 175,000 patients in September 2019 from over 85,000 in 2015.

Dr Abid Mahmood Ch emphasised the need to create awareness among people to stop the spread of virus among the people, besides, prevention, control and treatment of the disease. The donors that have been accepted have been diagnosed with HIV but are being treated to reduce their viral blood load to such a level that their sperm will not carry the infection to their children. For more information on testing or an appointment with a medical provider, please contact the HIV/STD Resource & Treatment Center at 664-4050.

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