World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
It has become one of the most widely recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have died, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
Since the year 1988, every year, a theme is decided for the awareness of AIDS. This year the theme for World AIDS day is “Equalise”. Equalization of three types namely: Homosexual, Transgender, and children (pediatrics).
Senior private practitioner and expert on AIDS in the city Dr.Milind Bhrushundi told The Live Nagpur that equalization aspects can be classified into three categories:
1. Delivery of drugs to the transgender, where the delivery of the drugs is not up to the mark because of inequality. The government is still not able to penetrate the transgender.
2. Fund distribution: HIV in sub-group under the age of 25 years old can be seen more. Cases of HIV in the age group of 15 years to 24 years girls are three times more than boys of the same age. Funding should be equalized for the same.
3. Availability of the medicines: Delivery of the medicines to the children is quite difficult. Targeted intervention projects to transgenders.
Government body National AIDS & STD Control program Phase-V is providing high-quality treatment to more than 14.8 lakh people living with HIV.