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World AIDS Day 2023: Let Communities Lead in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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Salman Khan
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World AIDS Day 2023: Let Communities Lead in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

On December 1st, the globe observes World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS, showing support for those living with the condition, and honoring the lives lost to AIDS-related illnesses. The theme for 2023, "Let Communities Lead," emphasizes the power of community-led initiatives in battling HIV/AIDS.

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Reflections and Commitments

World AIDS Day, first established in 1988, has been a beacon of solidarity and hope in the enduring battle against HIV/AIDS. Today, HIV has transformed into a manageable chronic illness, thanks to persistent scientific endeavors, compassionate care, and community advocacy. Medications now provide viral suppression, giving rise to the Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) principle, significantly reducing the stigma associated with HIV. Moreover, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has dramatically lowered the risk of HIV transmission.

Raising Awareness and Fighting Stigma

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On the 35th World AIDS Day, it's time to reflect on the journey and reaffirm our commitment to this cause. The fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over, with the virus returning in just five weeks if a patient stops receiving treatment. By prioritizing accessible healthcare, prevention efforts, research, and innovation, global communities aim to meet UNAIDS' 95-95-95 goal.

Inspiring Community Leadership

World AIDS Day serves as a platform to shed light on the real experiences of people living with HIV today, while celebrating the strength, resilience, and diversity of the communities most affected. It is a moment to inspire the leadership needed to create a future where HIV doesn’t stand in the way of anyone’s life. As part of the observance, individuals can contribute by sharing messages that explore the journey against HIV/AIDS, celebrate progress, and inspire collaborative efforts to overcome ongoing challenges.

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