Every December 1st, we celebrate World AIDS Day. This day is an opportunity to support those involved in the fight against HIV and to improve understanding of HIV as a global public health problem.
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PAHO Theme: End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics.
The 2021 PAHO/UNAIDS joint campaign is based on the slogan "End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics". The objective is to communicate about the importance of equitable access to health services and the importance of strengthening actions at the primary health care level, with special emphasis on HIV combination prevention and treatment services, as well as promoting work with communities to reach the people most vulnerable to HIV and other pandemics.
The campaign calls for urgent action to maintain essential HIV prevention and treatment services that the COVID-19 pandemic and response have weakened in countries, but the pandemic has also left useful lessons. For example, dispensing several months’ medication at one time, implementing HIV self-testing, and using telemedicine have proven to be effective strategies that can be incorporated into normal routines.
PAHO/WHO and UNAIDS urge eliminating inequalities to end AIDS
New HIV infections in Latin America have not declined from 2010 to 2020 while reduction in the Caribbean is not on track to meet targets. Accelerating introduction and scale-up of new prevention and treatment methods for the most at-risk population is key to getting back on track and overcoming challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...