World AIDS Day is held on 1 December every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Today millions of people worldwide live with HIV. Many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment and we understand much more about the condition. Hopefully it has stopped being the ‘elephant in the room’ – something that we don’t talk about and simply turn away from. Today, an HIV positive test result doesn’t equal death sentence and people live and work with HIV.
A number of Deki entrepreneurs are HIV positive and especially in Malawi where HIV epidemic is severe many of our entrepreneurs raise children who have been orphaned because their parents have died of the disease. They are active members of the society who work and do their daily duties.
We have come a long way since the 1980s when the virus claimed its first victims but we can still do so much more to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
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This year the theme of World AIDS Day is ‘Getting to Zero’ – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.