With another virus taking the world by storm, it is easy to forget the menace of other viruses like HIV and its partner disease, AIDS. Since 1988, the first day of December has been set aside as World AIDS Day to sensitize the public about the disease as well as reduce the possible spread and provide avenues for treatment.

The theme for the 2020 observance is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.”

In a statement commemorating World AIDS Day, The Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Winnie Byanyinma, reported that over 12 million infected persons are waiting to access HIV treatment while 1.7 million people became infected with HIV in 2019 because they could not access essential services. This is a massive number but not an indicator of the progress made in protecting individuals living with the…

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