World AIDS Day, closing the gap to end epidemic by 2030by Mattia Rosini - 2014.11.26
The 1st of December it’s the World AIDS Day. This international event has been held since 1988 and aims to raise awareness on a disease which – according to the figures by WHO – has claimed more than 39 million lives since its outbreak in 1981. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation” while the main goal of the World Health Organization is to close the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and those who are being left behind. By closing all the gaps (testing, access to medicines, treatment) millions of people still unaware of their HIV-positive status can begin to get support and millions more will have access to life-saving medicine. Closing the gap will be therefore crucial to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.
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