Raising awareness about HIV and AIDS is important to ensure those suffering are treated fairly, equally and with understanding. Knowledge of HIV is on the decline, despite the fact that there are now more people than ever living with HIV in the UK.
By Ben Fielding from Samson Courses.
HIV affects roughly 37M people worldwide, with 21% of them unaware of their status. National HIV Testing Week is an annual event which seeks to promote regular testing among key populations. It aims to reduce the number of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. It’s held every November ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1st. However, just because HIV awareness week is at the opposite end of the year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be clued up about HIV now.
HIV is a virus that targets, attacks and alters the cells within your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and illnesses. While related, HIV and AIDS are not the same thing. Not everyone who has HIV will get AIDS, however, without treatment, the infection will likely progress to AIDS—this can take between 10 and 15 years.
Check out this infographic from Samson Courses looking at what HIV and AIDS are, as well as some of the common complications that can come with HIV. If you require more information regarding HIV and AIDS, we recommend getting in touch with your local health clinic and consulting a professional. Visit freetesting.hiv for a free home HIV test kit.