World AIDS Day

Medical advancements for HIV treatments have come a long way. They now have the ability to offer protection from contraction and for patients to live longer, healthier lives. World AIDS day is the perfect opportunity to reflect, raise awareness and celebrate this progress.

World AIDS Day

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS day is an opportunity for people around the globe to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day, founded back in 1988 and has given rise to awareness days for many other health issues.

Although the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS is decreasing, it's still present within society. Misinformation and lack of understanding not only negatively affect attitudes towards the virus, but can also prevent people from knowing how to adequately protect themselves. Education, access to sexual health services and government support are all important in removing the stigma, getting people talking, getting people testing and raising awareness and funding for much-needed research.

Medical advancements and HIV

Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus, over 105,200 people are living with HIV in the UK and each year over 4000 people contract the virus. However, the diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was. Drug advancements mean that with early detection, individuals can go on to live long lives including being able to have children.

We’re here to support patients who have HIV and are considering surgery. There can often be barriers in place preventing patients from moving forward with their procedure. However, with up to date blood work results and a sign off from a surgical team, it’s often possible for patients to be able to have their chosen surgery and we’re here to help them. If patients have concerns about their HIV status and being able to have surgery, they should talk to their Patient Care Adviser.

HIV treatments: a timeline

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Get tested

To find your nearest HIV testing centre head to https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/HIV-testing/LocationSearch/418. Testing is free, quick and confidential.

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