Ever since the first reported case over thirty years ago, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) has become one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Global summary for 2014 reflect around 35 million people worldwide are living with HIV and 1.5 million deaths have occurred because of AIDS in 2014. The disease is considered a global epidemic.
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
In view of the rapid spread of the disease and its adverse consequences, prevention is considered to be the only strategic remedy to combat the disease. World AIDS Day is observed every year on 1st December to create awareness among the general public on HIV/AIDS. The theme for World AIDS Day 2014 is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation”.
As part of the social commitment to combat the spread of the disease, the Dental Newsweek family organized an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign on 1st December 2015. In this regard pamphlets containing the myths and facts about HIV/AIDS, its mode of spread, its symptoms, information on testing and counseling centers was distributed bus stations, schools and universities. Besides, the pamphlets were distributed door to door in some urban slums and primary health centers. The event was organized under the able guidance of Dr. Muarice Beker.