“Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS” – Nelson Mandela
HIV/AIDS is the one of most deadly pandemic in the world that has killed more than 36 million people between 1981 and 2009. The region which is most affected by this disease is Sub-Saharan Africa with 1 out of 20 adults living their life with HIV. The disease was first discovered in United States of America and by far it remains the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Approximately 35 million people were living with HIV in the year 2012.
Since 1988 every year December 1st is observed as World AIDS Day. Since 2011 the theme is Getting to Zero (Zero new Infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths). Fiinovation along with its NGO partners create awareness about HIV/AIDS among local communities across India. Fiinovation is its projects incorporates community sensitization sessions, where attendees are made aware, that it takes 2 to 15 years to develop a HIV infection, which depends on individuals. Fiinovation is dedicated towards completion of the millennium development goals.
HIV infection is generally diagnosed detecting HIV anti-bodies by blood tests. In the initial days of infection people are unaware and they become sick because of influenza or fever or headache or sore throat etc. There are a lot of myths that prevail and it is very important that the local communities are made aware of these. Fiinovation spreads awareness among local people so that they don’t discriminate among people. A person is not infected by contact such as touching, hugging, kissing, sharing water or food. The HIV infection is transmitted through body fluids from infected person such as blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal secretions.
The World Health Organization is focusing this year on the adolescents who continues to be vulnerable in-spite of so much efforts put by different organizations. WHO feels there is need to counsel and guide the adolescents living with HIV. This efforts are necessary in countries where is there is high prevalence of this epidemic.
Fiinovation believes that through prevention individuals can reduce their risk of getting infected. The various prevention measures are:
- Condom Usage – Males and Females are advised to use condoms during vaginal or anal penetration.
- ARV based prevention can reduce the risk of transmission by almost 96%.
- Sterile Injecting equipments can help reduction especially for drug users.
- Elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV.
With these efforts we can surely bring the infection level down to ZERO.