December 1st marks World Aids Day. The day when all people come together to support those who are in pain and to raise awareness towards such disease and the possible means of prevention.
Therefore, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent an important message for commemorating the occasion, saying: “On this World AIDS Day, we focus attention on the inequalities that drive HIV and AIDS. It is still possible to end the epidemic by 2030. But that will require stepped-up action and greater solidarity.”
After that, he explained: “To beat AIDS – and build resilience against the pandemics of tomorrow – we need collective action.
That includes harnessing the leadership of communities to drive change, combatting stigma, and eliminating discriminatory and punitive laws, policies and practices.”
Finally, he concluded: “We must also dismantle financial barriers to health care and increase investment in vital public services to achieve Universal Health Coverage for everyone, everywhere.
This will ensure equal access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care, including COVID-19 vaccinations and services. Together, let us recommit to end inequalities and end AIDS.”
It is worthy to mention that the first time the “World Aids Day” became an official world occasion was back in 1988.
The occasion is linked with a red ribbon that depicts HIV Aids, and it reflects a sense of solidarity, and support for all people who are diagnosed with the disease.