1st December – World AIDS Day

Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV.

More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Many people still don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for people living with the condition. People living with HIV are also more likely to experience poverty, hardship and inequalities.

I don’t think there could have been a better day to be marked World AIDS Day than December 1st. December is a special month for everyone. It’s a month for family, personal reflection and assessment, and its the month that bridges us to a fresh start of a new year which for many usually brings a new beginning.

Thank the heavens we have moved past the days of discrimination and stigma into a new age where the scourge of AIDS is widely known with many organisations educating people and sensitising the world on how to prevent and fight it. Although we can’t ignore that the stigma is still present in some areas, we can admit that the worst days are behind us.

This year’s World AIDS Day theme being ‘Know your Status’, I decided to join in spreading the gospel. We all know that AIDS is real but most of us are still reluctant about knowing where we stand. Today you can take the first step and ask yourself, “Am I positive or negative?” The answer to that can only be got after taking the test. Say yes to the test and get tested today to know your HIV status. Your life, the life of your partner, the life of your child or the child you will have – it’s all in your hands and you can protect them by knowing your HIV status. That way you can protect yourself from getting the virus if you test negative, you can start on drugs if you test positive, you can also learn how to prevent yourself from infecting your unborn child.

We hear this same line every day but what good is there if we don’t act upon it?? Knowing your status is the first step to controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS so let’s all take action and be part of the fight by taking the test.


#knowyourstatus #worldaidsday

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