World AIDS Day observed

Nkosi-Bhekisisa in 2000. He died a year later

Nkosi-Bhekisisa in 2000. He died a year later

WASHINGTON-Vice President Mike Pence is facing criticism, not for something he said in a speech on Thursday when honoring the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, but for something he didn't say.

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "Know Your HIV Status", aimed at encouraging everyone to know their HIV infection state through testing and to access HIV prevention, treatment and care services.

She also would like to see the stigma around those testing positive for HIV to disappear.

At the 13 th International AIDS Conference held in Durban in July 2000 eleven-year-old Nkosi, dressed in a suit, holding a microphone and showing a wide smile revealing his pearly white teeth, stood on stage.

Since the start of the epidemic in 1981 about 77.3 million people have become infected with HIV and 35.4 million [25.0 million-49.9 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses in the same period.

Bruce Broughton, a Navy Veteran from Bloomington, has lived with HIV for 28 years, and he's feeling healthy.

- UNAIDS wants nine in 10 people to know their status by 2020. The African region also accounts for over two thirds of the global total of new HIV infections. Designated on 1 December every year since 1988, it is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

Darryl O'Donnell, CEO of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations said: "Advances in medicine, technology and health promotion have powered strong progress against HIV. It's a time for us to push the bar even further because it's only by doing that we will bring the epidemic to an end".

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The reduction has been attributed to the success in HIV prevention efforts among men with have sex with men, with PHE citing increased condom use, frequent HIV testing, and the use of HIV-prevention drugs (PrEP).

He said: "He ended up coming out when he knew he was standing down".

The original buyers' groups, made famous in the film "Dallas Buyers Club", were set up in the 1980s to import experimental drugs not approved by US authorities when AIDS treatments were in their infancy and the disease was a death sentence for many. And I said, 'Actually, I don't think I'm ready to do this yet'.

The people who are diagnosed with HIV are encouraged to enroll for treatment at local health centers.

"People are not focussing much attention on this issue".

Consultant Venereologist, NSACP, Dr. Chandrika Jayakody said, changing the behaviour of people is of utmost importance for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Over the past year, Fast-Track in San Antonio cut the length of time it takes for someone who tests positive to get into treatment by almost half.

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