The World AIDS Day

Daring to be more mindful: World AIDS Day on December 1

The Corona pandemic is certainly the dominant medical and social issue of our time. Nevertheless, we would like to take World AIDS Day – which has been observed every year since 1988 on December 1 – as an opportunity to pay attention to other people as well.

Like Corona, HIV is a virus that is also prevalent worldwide. AIDS is the abbreviation for the disease caused by HIV. There are about 88,000 people living with HIV in Germany and about 38 million worldwide. Globally, about 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year. The African continent is most affected by HIV. In the meantime, access to therapies and medications has improved overall, but a good third of all patients are still untreated.

More attention, less exclusion

And even though therapies have become increasingly effective over the past decades, HIV-infected people still have to live with health and social restrictions. Those affected by HIV or AIDS still see themselves discriminated against or marginalized in their everyday lives, in their jobs or in sports. In this respect, we from Ben&Anna would like to use this blog post – quite deliberately apart from our other topics – to bring a little more attention to the topic of AIDS in the sense of all those affected and committed. 

World AIDS Day reminds and raises awareness

On the one hand, World AIDS Day remembers all those people who have died as a result of HIV and AIDS. On the other hand, numerous initiatives, actions and projects use this day above all to become even more present in the public. This year, for example, this included an initiative that promotes more recognition and normality for the working world of HIV sufferers. According to estimates, about two thirds of people with AIDS are still employed. Under the hashtag #positivarbeiten, committed companies, federal ministries and medical associations are pledging to protect HIV sufferers from discrimination at work and to make other people even more aware of the topic of “HIV and AIDS”. We expressly welcome this approach!