World Aids Day 2019 calls for community involvement

There are millions of people living in the world with HIV and AIDS. However, some face challenges accessing the care needed to deal with it.

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There is hope, nonetheless, because medication has provided the means for many to live a long meaningful life. However, it needs more than that to address the situation.

“Communities are the best hope for ending AIDS because communities have fought against HIV right from the beginning.”

According to Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, what is needed, is to build upon the community approach that provides the type of support required to assist those living with HIV and AIDS.

She notes that “communities are the best hope for ending AIDS because communities have fought against HIV right from the beginning.”

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She went on further to say that, “without communities, 24 million people would not be on treatment today. Without communities led by women living with and affected by HIV, we would not be close to ending new HIV infections among children, raising orphans and caring for the sick.”

Celebrities, government leaders and health organisations across the world have joined in the call for persons to end the stigma related to HIV and AIDS.

Persons can check out the hashtag #WorldAidsDay for more information online.