You should! If you’ve ever had unprotected sex you can be carrying the disease and not even know it. Have you been tested lately?
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show your support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Know your status!
- Sore throat and Headaches
- Skin Rash
- Nausea, Vomiting and diarrhea
- Weight Loss
- Dry Cough
- Night sweats
- Nail changes
- Yeast infections
- Cold sores or genital herpes
- Tingling and weakness
- Menstrual irregularities
Why is World AIDS Day important?
Around 100,000 are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, many 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. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as 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.