AIDS Prevention

The World AIDS Day emerged from the World Conference of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention, held in London in January 1988, in which delegates from over 140 nations unanimously declared 1988 as a year of communication about AIDS. 

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Take Action

In recent years , thanks to World AIDS Day , the access to diagnosis, proper use of condoms and information about the routes of transmission, preventive measures for HIV have been promoted. These themes are international strategies that establish the need to look at individual behavior change and also locates it as vulnerable to the epidemic, to take effective actions and decisions to prevent transmission.

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December 1

On December 1,  ceremonies to remember the victims of HIV are taking place in different countries. Governments and health professionals will also conduct special events on this day as lectures and speeches on topics related to AIDS.

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Since the first known case in 1981, AIDS has killed more than 25 million people worldwide, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Every December 1, World AIDS Day is held all around the world with the purpose of raising awareness about it.

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First AIDS Case

World AIDS Day is commemorated on December 1 each year. The main purpose of this day is raising awareness of the Global AIDS epidemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. December 1 was chosen because the first AIDS case was diagnosed on this day in 1981.

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How Can It Be Transmitted?

It can be transmitted by 3 different ways.  Blood: Through the sharing of needles and syringes and / or any sharp object. During pregnancy and childbirth by uncontrolled blood transfusions.
Sexual transmission: Sexual intercourse can transmit HIV, whether homosexual or heterosexual. Perinatal Transmission: A female carrier of HIV can transmit the infection to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. 
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The HIV has the distinction of attacking lymphocytes that are
directors of our defense system. HIV initially remains asleep” within lymphocytes. In some cases, after a time, often years
for reasons not yet well determined, the virus is activated, and begins to destroy the cells. Thus, HIV progressively weakens the immune system, making our body can not properly fight many germs.
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What does AIDS stand for?

AIDS means Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Syndrome: Set of manifestations (symptoms) that characterize a disease. Immune: Related to the immune system of our body.
Deficiency: Indicates that the immune system does not work or malfunctioning. Acquired: That is acquired. It is not congenital or hereditary.

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World AIDS Day

AIDS is an infectious disease caused by a virus called Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)An infectious disease is one that is caused by a germ that can be spread from one person to another. A virus is a small infectious particle that can only live as a parasite of the body’s cells, where it multiplies. Outside the cells it survives with difficulty and for a short time.

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