World’s AIDS Day

Human Red Ribbon in Bucharest

Today it is the World’s AIDS Day. AIDS — the second most dreaded disease that does not have any cure till date. Science has progressed so much but the cure of AIDS is still beyond us.

Yesterday, there was a news in TOI saying “Now Testing, a gel that will prevent AIDS”. According to the news, Pills known to treat AIDS patients may soon work as a preventive gel or vaginal ring that will block the HIV virus from infecting a woman during intercourse. The International Partnership for Microbicides has embarked on large-scale studies to see whether antiretroviral(ART) compounds used to treat HIV can be developed into potential microbicides to protect women from getting infected in the first place. Incidentally, India may be one of the sites for these trials and the results are expected by 2010.

If everything goes well, it is estimated that even a partially effective microbicide could prevent 2.5 million HIV infections over three years.

This was what how the world is fighting against AIDS. But what about an individual? How can we prevent AIDS from spreading? Simple!!! By shedding our inhibitions and talking freely with our loved ones, children and guide them about basic safety measures.

Remember an HIV patient can live longer and a healthy life only if the society supports them and don’t treat them as outcast. AIDS spreads with unprotected SEX with multiple partners, drugs, and unsterilised syringes.

AIDS definitely does not spread by touching the infected person, using their towels or utensils. They need our support and not rejection, they need our empathy and not sympathy.

Dont ignore them, they need the support of the loved ones even more. So hug them and show them that you still care that nothing has changed.

What Does A Red Ribbon Mean?
Wear a ribbon to show your commitment to fight against HIV/AIDS. The red ribbon demonstrates compassion for people with HIV/AIDS and their caretakers and support for education and research leading to effective treatments, vaccines, or cures.

The proliferation of red ribbons unifies the many voices seeking a meaningful response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It is a symbol of hope: the hope that one day soon the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be over, that the sick will be healed, that the stress upon our society will be relieved. It serves as a constant reminder of the many people suffering as a result of this disease, and of the many people working towards a cure- a day without HIV/AIDS.