Today is #WorldAidsDay
On 1 December 2022, Duchess Hospital joins the international health community to commemorate World AIDS Day 2022 under the theme “Equalize”.
World AIDS Day is an annual day to honour over 40 million lives lost to AIDS, take stock of the AIDS response, and commit to ending AIDS.
In 2021, over 510,000 died from HIV-related causes, and over 1.5 million people acquired HIV.
HIV can be transmitted via the exchange of a variety of body fluids from infected people, such as blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal secretions. The only way to know if you’re infected is by testing and as early as possible.
While the disease cannot be cured, it can be managed by treatment regimens composed of a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which suppress viral replication and allows an individual’s immune system recovery to strengthen and regain the capacity to fight off opportunistic infections.
Enabling and supporting our girls to stay in school until they complete secondary education reduces their vulnerability to HIV infection by up to 50% (UNAIDS). This is one way to equalize for women and girls.
Some of the essential methods to prevent HIV, which are often used in combination, include:
– male and female condom use;
– prevention, testing and counselling for HIV and Sexually Transmitted infections;
– use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for the prevention and
– elimination of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV.