World AIDS Day has been held on December 1st every year since 1988. The day was first conceived by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a way of raising awareness of HIV and AIDS and of recognising and remembering the millions of people around the world who have died from this infection. In the period from 1981 to 2012, over 36 million people have died from this disease and a further 35 million or more people are currently living with HIV around the world.
Although the toll taken by this disease has been terrible, great advances have been made in the diagnosis, treatment and management of this disease. Getting tested for HIV has never been easier and never have the tests been more accurate. No longer is an HIV infection a death sentence and never has the cost or availability of medication to treat HIV been more affordable or accessible. Despite these great gains however, it is estimated that every year, around 2 million people lose their lives to HIV and AIDS of which over a quarter of a million are children.
Now is the time to support world AIDS day by wearing a red ribbon, participating in any of the events that are planned for the day or just booking an HIV test, to confirm your own status. Your support will help maintain awareness, keep resources focussed on the development of new tests and treatments and by booking your HIV test with Better2Know, we will donate part of the cost of every test directly to the Terrence Higgins Trust so you know that you are contributing directly in support of this vitally important cause. Give us a call now or visit our website and book your HIV test today.
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