Over 36.7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the world. In India, it is estimated that nearly 2.1 million people have the virus. The virus was identified in 1984 and more than 35 million people have died because of HIV or AIDS which makes AIDS/HIV one of the most pandemics. Because of the scientific advancements made by mankind there are many things that we understand about the virus today that we did not know twenty year ago.
It is our moral duty as human beings that we should stop discriminating the people who have this disease.
Many people still believe that by shaking hands with a person contracted with AIDS they might also contract that disease, but this is not true. AIDS does not spread by hand shakes or hanging out with people with AIDS or using their towel. It is 21st century and just like how we left many unpopular beliefs of 20th century in that century itself, we must also leave this myth in that century itself. Instead of discriminating from people with AIDS we must socialize with them and make them involved in our lives as well.
World AIDS Day is celebrated on the 1st of December every year to show support and solidarity towards the people living with AIDS worldwide. Doctors from KRIMS Hospitals (which has some of the best pulmonologists in Nagpur) said that over the past decade, the virus that causes AIDS, have almost halved in India and the decline could be greater to end AIDS by 2030. Nearly 10,000 kids are infected with AIDS in India. India has also seen a 20% annual decline over the past few years which is a very promising sign. Less than half of the people who are living with HIV in India are on treatment.