World AIDS Day 2017

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Why is World AIDS Day Important?

Over 46,985 people are living with HIV in the Philippines. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the Philippines around 1,400 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

My Health, My Right (#myrighttohealth campaign)

This year’s World AIDS Day campaign will focus on the right to health. The campaign, focuses on the right to health and explores the challenges people around the world face in exercising their rights.

“All people, regardless of their age, gender, where they live or who they love, have the right to health,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “No matter what their health needs are, everyone requires health solutions that are available and accessible, free from discrimination and of good quality.”

The right to health is the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, as enshrined in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This includes the right of everyone, including people living with and affected by HIV, to the prevention and treatment of ill health, to make decisions about one’s own health and to be treated with respect and dignity and without discrimination.

The #myrighttohealth campaign will provide information about the right to health and what impact it has on people’s lives. It will also aim to increase the visibility around the need to achieve the full realization of the right to health by everyone, everywhere.

What should I do on World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. You can also get tested for HIV and other STIs for free or share our videos to inspire someone get tested.. World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to raise money for LoveYourself/TestMNL, which will help to champion the rights of people living with HIV in the Philippines. Visit our fundraising page, or contact someone in the fundraising team for more information.

But what about after World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day may be once a year, but you can still support people living with HIV all year round. Follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with new developments in HIV and Testing in the Philippines, and learn how you can get involved as a volunteer. You can also support our work by donating to LoveYourself/TestMNL. We rely on your support to continue championing the rights of people living with HIV.

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