Annually, 1 December is marked as World AIDS Day — which is aimed at raising awareness about those fighting the battle against HIV and spreading awareness of how HIV/AIDS can be prevented and treated.
Did you know? World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
According to worldaidsday.org , there are an estimated 34 million people globally who have the virus. People are being infected and diagnosed with the virus every day because of the lack of knowledge about how the virus is spread and how it can be treated.
Furthermore, as stated on gov.za, the UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero” — zero discrimination on the basis of HIV/AIDS, zero new HIV infections, and zero AIDS-related deaths.
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How can you make a difference this World AIDS Day?
There are several ways in which you can spread awareness and get involved:
- You can get involved with various community awareness projects across SA. Visit The South African National AIDS Council website for more information.
- Make a financial contribution to the AIDS Foundation of South Africa. Click here for more information.
- Educate yourself to make a difference in your community.
- Study a course in HIV/AIDS Management on a part-time basis from home with Oxbridge Academy. This type of course will help you to learn more about the impact of HIV/AIDS on your community, and how you can assist people affected by the virus. It will also help you to gain the skills you need to embark on a career in community development.
Click here to read more about studying an HIV/AIDS Management course.