What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day is held on Dec. 1 and is a day for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. Compassion works with hundreds of thousands of children who have been affected by HIV and AIDS – from children who have tested HIV positive, to those who have lost parents to this devastating disease.
Why bring awareness to this issue?
While there have been tremendous strides in the fight against AIDS, an estimated 37 million people globally still live with this disease.
While progress has been impressive, especially in access to treatments, there were still 150,000 children under 15 newly infected with HIV in 2015. Diagnosis is especially critical for children, as HIV advances to AIDS very quickly in infancy.
In addition, AIDS continues to be a tremendous health threat for teens. AIDS is currently the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa, and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally.
How can I support World AIDS Day?
By supporting Compassion’s AIDS Initiative, you can attack this terrible disease on numerous fronts:
- PREVENTION through education, including formal seminars, awareness campaigns and peer-to-peer youth initiatives.
- TREATMENT for those infected, including lab tests, transportation, treatment for infections and psychological and social support.
- REHABILITATIVE CARE including supplemental food and assistance for Compassion-assisted children who have lost a parent to AIDS.