World AIDS Day: Equal Against Injustices

Written By Vanessa Kariuki || 

On this World AIDS Day, December 1, UNAIDS is imploring with all of us to confront the injustices that are impeding the fight to eradicate AIDS.
The concept for World AIDS Day in 2022 is Equalize.

The catchphrase “Equalize” is a call to action. It is a call to action for all of us to pursue the tried-and-true methods required to redress disparities and aid in the eradication of AIDS.

“Rock the Ribbon” is the World AIDS Day theme for this year. The National AIDS Trust is dedicated to halting the spread of HIV, protecting the rights of those who are living with the virus, and combating stigma and discrimination related to it.

This community is a diverse set of individuals, and we are proud of the HIV allies that stand side to shoulder with them and fight for HIV rights.

We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to put an end to the HIV epidemic, but we must also keep combating the stigma that HIV-positive people currently face.

According to data from UNAIDS on the global HIV response, the last two years of COVID-19 and other global crises have slowed down the fight against the HIV pandemic, reduced funding, and put millions of lives at danger.

Even now, four decades after the HIV response began, there are major disparities in access to even the most fundamental services, like condoms, testing, and treatment.

People who are unaware of their HIV status account for about 40% of new infections. The first step in leading a healthy life and minimizing HIV transmission for those with undiagnosed HIV is testing.

In health care settings, routine HIV testing of adults, adolescents, and pregnant women should be advised.

Governments all across the world should get involved and support their citizens in the fight against this disease since the disparities that fuel the AIDS pandemic are not inevitable and can be resolved once they are examined.