Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes:
Established in 1988 by the World Health Organisation, World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st and is recognized by the symbol of a red ribbon.
It is estimated that if more is not done to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic it is on course to be one of the worst in history, with millions more people estimated to become infected by the end of this decade.
It is estimated that just over 33 million people are living with HIV throughout the world and approximately 17,444 in Australia.
So what is the difference between HIV and AIDS? HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) destroys certain white blood cells that are critical to the normal function of the human immune system, which defends the body against illness.
When HIV weakens the immune system, a person is more susceptible to developing a variety of cancers and becoming infected with viruses, bacteria and parasites. AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a severely weakened immune system of a person who most probably has developed about 25 different infections.
On World Aids Day, do what you can. Support financially, help someone out that is debilitated by HIV/AIDS or attend one of the many functions being held throughout the world.