Thursday 26 November, 2020

World AIDS Day 2020 theme 'AIDS: The Other Pandemic' announced

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation logo for World AIDS Day 2020.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation logo for World AIDS Day 2020.

Global organisation AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has unveiled the theme for World AIDS Day 2020 as "AIDS: The Other Pandemic."

The theme was announced recently on a statement posted on the AHF website. 

"While COVID-19 has devastated communities worldwide and remained in the spotlight since late last year, we must not forget about HIV/AIDS, a pandemic that has been raging for more than 30 years and remains one of the deadliest infectious diseases in history."

In the statement, AHF invited people to find one of the many virtual or social-distanced live events near you. 

"We welcome you to join us in person or online to help ensure the world never forgets about “AIDS: The Other Pandemic”.

AHF listed events in 44 countries across four regions: Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas including Haiti and Jamaica. The events will be held on and around World AIDS Day on Tuesday, October 1.

In an article in AHF Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy Terri Ford said, "COVID-19 has stolen the headlines and devastated communities worldwide, but we must not forget the pandemic that has been raging for more than 30 years and still affects millions of people globally."

Ford added: "It’s absolutely vital that world leaders also keep their attention on HIV this World AIDS Day and beyond—and campaigns like ‘AIDS: The Other Pandemic’ are just one way to urge them to keep the promise on AIDS.”

Also in the article, AHF’s Africa Bureau Chief Penninah Lutung said, even though great strides have been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa and around the world, "we still have a long way to go." 

"It is simply unacceptable that people living with HIV in many parts of the world still struggle to get free or affordable testing and antiretroviral therapy. Condoms are even hard to come by in many countries, though they are the most effective way to stop HIV transmission and extremely cost-effective. Whether rich or poor, everyone deserves the ability to obtain lifesaving medicines, including generic drugs, regardless of their economic standing. As there is still no HIV vaccine on the horizon, guaranteeing prevention and treatment for all is the only way we’ll bring the virus under control and eventually end this pandemic.”

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.4 million people in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. 

UNAIDS reports in 2019 there were about 38 million globally living with HIV, 1.7 million had become newly infected, and 690,000 had died from AIDS-related illnesses.

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