World Aids Day: Essential things you need to know

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World AIDS Day, since 1988, has been providing an opportunity to people worldwide to unite in the fighting against HIV and to remember those who lost their lives due to AIDS-related illness. It was the first-ever global health day.

The main motto behind celebrating the day is to raise public awareness regarding AIDS. Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, is a pandemic disease caused due to the infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes damage to the immune system, which is responsible for helping the body fight infections. If HIV goes untreated, it can kill CD4 cells, a kind of immune cells. The more number of CD4 cells HIV kills, the more you are at risk of getting different types of infections and the infections becoming incurable.

“The knowledge about HIV/AIDS is poor in the country, especially youngsters don’t have any information about the disease. Many of them haven’t even heard about it,” Dr Manjeeta Nath Das, a senior medical consultant in internal medicine at the Columbia Asia hospital told indianexpress.com.Read More…

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