World AIDS Day or World AIDS Day 2021 is celebrated every year on 1st December all over the world to make people aware about AIDS (Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome). AIDS is an epidemic disease caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus. The day is celebrated by government organizations, NGOs, civil society and other health officials by organizing AIDS-related speeches or discussions in public meetings.
The President of the United States of America made an official declaration for World AIDS Day in the year 1995, which was followed by other countries around the world. According to a rough estimate, about 2.5 million people died due to HIV infection in 1981-2007. Even after antiretroviral treatment was used in many places, about 2 lakh people (at least 270,000 children of the total) were infected with this pandemic disease in 2007.
History of World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day was first conceived in the month of August in 1987 by Thomas Netter and James W. Bunn. Thomas Netter and James W. Bunn were both public information officers for the AIDS Global Program at the WHO (World Health Organisation) Geneva, Switzerland. He shared his idea of AIDS Day with Dr. Jonathan Mann (Director of AIDS Global Programme), who approved the idea and started celebrating 1st of December as World AIDS Day 2021 in the year 1988.
It was decided by him to celebrate 1st of December every year as World AIDS Day. They decided to celebrate it at election time, away from Christmas holidays or other holidays. It should be celebrated during a time when people can take more interest and attention in news and media broadcasting.
World AIDS Campaign
The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, also known as UNAIDS, came into effect in 1996 and has been promoted worldwide. Instead of celebrating one day, the World AIDS Campaign started UNAIDS in 1997 to focus on AIDS programs for better communication, disease prevention and disease awareness throughout the year.
In the early years, the theme of World AIDS Day focused on children as well as youth, which was later recognized as a family disease in which anyone of any age group can become infected with HIV. Since 2007, World AIDS Day was initiated by the White House by giving an iconic symbol of the AIDS ribbon.
Theme of World AIDS Day 2021
UNAIDS organizes the World AIDS Day 2021 campaign with special annual themes to raise better global awareness of the disease.
The list of themes for all the years of World AIDS Day is as follows:
- The theme of the AIDS Day campaign in the year 1988 was “Communication”.
- The theme of the year 1989 for the campaign for World AIDS Day was “Youth”.
- The theme of the year 1990 for the campaign for World AIDS Day was “Women and AIDS”.
- The theme of the year 1991 for the campaign for World AIDS Day was ‘Sharing the Challenge’.
- The theme of the year 1992 for the campaign for World AIDS Day was “Commitment to the Community”.
- The theme of the year 1993 for the campaign for World AIDS Day, “ACT”.
- The theme of the year 1994 for the campaign for World AIDS Day, “AIDS and the family”.
- The theme of the year 1995 for the campaign for World AIDS Day, “Shared Rights, Shared Responsibility”.
- The theme of the 1996 World AIDS Day campaign, “One World and One Hope”.
- The theme of the year 1997 for the World AIDS Day campaign, “Children live in a world of AIDS”.
- The theme of the year 1998 for the World AIDS Day campaign, “Power for Change: The World AIDS Campaign with Young People.”
- The theme of the 1999 World AIDS Day campaign, “Learn, Hear, Live: The World AIDS Campaign with Children and Young People”.
- The theme of the year 2000 for the World AIDS Day campaign, “AIDS: People Make the Difference”.
- The theme of the 2001 World AIDS Day campaign, “I care. Do you do”?
- The theme of the year 2002 for the campaign for World AIDS Day, “Stigma and Discrimination”.
- The theme of the year 2003 for the campaign for World AIDS Day, “Stigma and Discrimination”.
- The theme of the 2004 World AIDS Day campaign, “Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS”.
- The theme of the 2005 World AIDS Day campaign was “Stop AIDS: Promise”.
- The theme of the 2006 World AIDS Day campaign was “Stop AIDS: Promise-Accountability”.
- The theme of the 2007 World AIDS Day campaign was “Stop AIDS: Promise – Leadership”.
- The theme of the 2008 World AIDS Day campaign was “Stop AIDS: Promise – Lead – Empower – Deliver”.
- The theme of the 2009 World AIDS Day campaign was “Worldwide Access and Human Rights”.
- The theme of the 2010 campaign for World AIDS Day was “Worldwide Access and Human Rights”.
- The theme for the World AIDS Day campaign from 2011 to 2015 was “Achieving Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination. Zero AIDS-Related Deaths”.
- The theme of the 2016 World AIDS Day campaign was “Raise Your Hands Up for HIV Prevention”.
- The theme for World AIDS Day in 2017 was “My Health, My Right”.
- The theme for World AIDS Day in 2018 was “Know Your Status”.
- The theme for World AIDS Day in the year 2019 was “Communities Make the Difference”.
- The theme for World AIDS Day in the year 2020 was “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact”.
Importance of wearing red ribbon on World AIDS Day
People all over the world wear red ribbons on this day to express their feelings towards people suffering from AIDS. This is done to increase awareness about this issue among the people. Along with this, people also sell this red ribbon to raise funds for the people fighting this disease.
Similarly, it is also a way of paying tribute to the people who lost their lives fighting this pandemic. As described by UNAIDS, “the red ribbon is a way of expressing goodwill to people living with HIV and their caregivers.” Wearing a red ribbon on World AIDS Day will bring awareness to the issue. And a good way to stop discrimination against the victims of this disease. This red ribbon can be used anywhere around the world to create awareness among people.
Activities on World AIDS Day 2021
Various activities are done on World AIDS Day 2021 to increase awareness among the people and to spread the message of the theme of that particular year. The main goal of the program is to increase awareness among the people. Some of the activities are given below:
- Community based individuals and organizations should be associated with World AIDS Day activities for organizing planned meetings. These may well be started from local clinics, hospitals, social service agencies, schools, AIDS advocacy groups etc.
- Solo programs or a sequence of independent programs by speakers and exhibitors for better awareness can be scheduled through forums, rallies, health fairs, community events, faith services, parades, block parties and etc.
- A public statement may be submitted by the Board to an agency recognized by World AIDS Day.
- Red ribbons should be worn and distributed as a symbol of hope for schools, workplaces or community groups. Electronic ribbons can also be distributed to social media outlets.
- All activities (such as DVD exhibitions and seminars on AIDS prevention) should be encouraged by businesses, schools, health care organizations, clergy and local agencies for their great work.
- A candlelight parade can be held in a public park or the message of AIDS prevention can be distributed through entertaining performances by singers, musicians, dancers, poets, story speakers and etc. organized at the nearest agency.
- Information about World AIDS Day can be distributed by linking to your agency’s web site.
- All planned programs and activities should be distributed in advance by e-mail, newspaper, postal or electronic bulletin.
- People can be made aware of HIV/AIDS by displaying exhibitions, posters, videos etc.
- A large group of people can be informed about the activities of World AIDS Day through blogs, Facebook, Twitter or through other social media websites.
- Other groups can actively contribute to the celebration of World AIDS Day.
- A candlelight ceremony can be organized in memory of persons who have passed away due to HIV/AIDS.
- Religious leaders are encouraged to talk a little about AIDS intolerance.
- Food, accommodation, transportation services can be started to provide companionship to people living with HIV/AIDS. They can be invited to social work, worship or other functions to inculcate morality in them.
Purpose of World AIDS Day
The objective of celebrating World AIDS Day every year is to support Member States in a better way to create new and effective policies and programmes, strengthen the health system as well as enhance the capacity of health sectors to respond to HIV/AIDS. Some of the main objectives of World AIDS Day are listed below:
- Guidance of Member States to enhance prevention and control measures for HIV/AIDS globally.
- To provide technical assistance to member states for implementation, maintenance and prevention plans, as well as for HIV/AIDS treatment, testing, STI control and antiretroviral therapy.
- To make people aware of antiretroviral drugs or other items that can help fight against HIV/AIDS.
- Involve respected (religious/elite) groups in the campaign to achieve the most effective results.
- To encourage more students from schools, universities and social organizations to contribute to the competitions organized for AIDS.
- To control the number of HIV/AIDS infected patients as well as encourage religious groups to use condoms.
World AIDS Day 2021 Slogan, Quotes and Messages
- “HIV/AIDS knows no bounds.”
- “Helping a person with AIDS is like helping the society”.
- “AIDS is an absolutely tragic disease. Believing any divine antidote to AIDS is rubbish”.
- “Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS”.
- “I know a man who was impotent, who gave AIDS to his wife and the only thing they did was a kiss.”
- “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
- “AIDS is a disease that is difficult to talk about”.
- “My son has died of AIDS.”
- “Lies surrounded me because of the lack of education, discrimination, fear, and terror on AIDS.”
- “You can’t get AIDS from a hug or a handshake or a meal with a friend”.
- “AIDS is very scary. I hope it’s not me”.
Information About AIDS
AIDS (immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which attacks the immune system of the human body. The disease was first recognized in 1981. It was first known as AIDS on 27 July 1982.
HIV infection is easily transmitted from person to person if they have ever had direct contact through bodily fluids or blood mucous membranes. In earlier periods, people living with HIV/AIDS were subjected to a lot of social stigma. According to estimates, it is mentioned that 33 lakh people are infected with HIV and 2 lakh people die every year due to it.
HIV is a virus that attacks the T-cells of the immune system and causes a disease known as AIDS. It is found in human body fluids such as: blood, semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk of an infected person, which in direct contact with others such as: blood transfusion, oral sex, anal sex, vaginal sex or injection of a contaminated needle Spreads by applying. It can also be spread from pregnant women to children during childbirth or through breastfeeding.
It occurred in the region of west-central Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. Actually there is no cure for it, but it may be reduced through some treatments.
Signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS
A person infected with HIV/AIDS has the following signs and symptoms:
- Sore throat
- sweating during the night
- Enlarged glands
- Weight Loss
- joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Red Rashes
However, in many cases of this disease, initial symptoms are not visible for many years during which the immune system is destroyed by the HIV virus, which is incurable. The infected person never feels any symptoms during this period and appears healthy.
But in the late stage of HIV infection (viruses weaken the immune system to fight against it), a person becomes infected with AIDS. In the last stage, the infected person starts showing the following signs and symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Permanent fatigue
- Fever (above 100 degrees F)
- night sweats
- Diarrhea (persistent and chronic)
- dry cough
- White spots on the tongue and mouth
- Swollen glands
- Weight Loss
- Shortness of breath
- Esophagitis (inflammation of the lower esophagus lining)
- Kaposi sarcoma, cancer of the cervix, lung, rectum, liver, head, neck and cancer of the immune system (lymphoma).
- Meningitis, encephalitis and peripheral neuropathy
- Toxoplasmosis (infection of the brain)
Some myths have been spread in the society about AIDS. AIDS is never spread through shaking hands, hugging, sneezing, touching unbroken skin or using the same toilet.
World AIDS Day 2021: Awareness Quotes, Shayari, Slogans in English
- AIDS is like cheap stuff…it’s always with you
- My country was emerging from untouchability that it was again caught by the disease of AIDS.
- Discrimination is not treatment, Share love to AIDS victims.
- Do not ask, the condition of the wounds inside is bad, neither friend nor aids, I am sad in love.
- Every day is a safety day, not a security holiday. Your safety, your family’s safety.
- The slogan on AIDS Day is, the whole world should be AIDS free.
- Encourage AIDS victims, tell the treatment to the victim of this disease
- Use your voice for a beautiful world without AIDS
- easy way to prevent AIDS
- My country was emerging from untouchability, that he was again caught by the disease of AIDS
- Let HIV be your worst enemy. Fight HIV/AIDS Don’t lose your life, stay away from HIV
AIDS Day Slogan 2021
- Every day is a safety day, not a security holiday.
- Your safety, your family’s safety
- Know about AIDS and also tell others not to hate AIDS patients,
- Because AIDS is not spread by touching or talking to food.
- Avoid the needle of AIDS patient, be aware from today