HIV and AIDS - A General Overview
December 1st is observed every year as World AIDS Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. On this day, we often see people wearing the 'Red Ribbon'. What does it signify? The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for response and solidarity with HIV positive people and those living with AIDS.
- Red like love to those affected
- Red like blood, the suffering AIDS caused
- Red like anger that makes us take action
- Red like a warming not to ignore HIV/AIDS
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people, and there is an estimated 38.6 million people living with HIV, making it done of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. A major concern in this unprecedented impact on development impact on development is that the highest occurrence of HIV infection is in the 18 to 40 years age group, which constitute the most economically productive workforce in the country.
Fifty per cent of India's one billion population falls into this young and sexually active group. The first AIDS case in India was detected in 1986 in Chennai.
The joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) notes that, "25 years, HIV has spread relentlessly from a few widely scattered 'hot spots' to virtually every country in the world, infecting 65 million people and killing 25 million".