The 1st of December is observed as the World AIDS Day around the world. The World AIDS Day, 2011 is significant as it commemorate 30 years of fight against AIDS. This year the theme for the World AIDS Day is “Zero New HIV infection. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths”.
The decision to go with the millennium development related goal of “Getting to Zero” comes after extensive discussions among people living with HIV, health activists broader civil society and many others. The World AIDS campaing focus on “Zero AIDS related Deaths” signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all; in support of the human rights to have the best attainable level of healthcare for all. There are still almost two new HIV infections per every person who starts treatment. Therefore HIV epidemic cannot be controlled without stopping new infections. The journey toward the attainment
of the vision for the year’s World AIDS Day is possible by reaching these Ten goals by the year 2015 as described by the joint untied Nation Programme of HIV/AIDS.
- Sexual transmission of HIV reduced by half, including among young people, men who have sex with men and transmission in the context of sex work.
- Vertical transmission of HIV eliminated and AIDS – related maternal death reduced by half.
- All new HIV infections prevented among people who use drugs.
- Universal access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV who are eligible for treatment.
- TB deaths among people living with HIV reduced by half.
- All people living with HIV and households affected by HIV are addressed in all national social protection strategies and have access to essential care and support.
- Countries with punitive laws and practices around HIV, transmission, sex work, drug use or homosexually that block effective responses reduced by half.
- HIV – related restrictions on entry, stay and residence eliminated in half of the countries that have such restrictions.
- HIV – specific needs of women and girls are addressed in at least half of all national HIV responses.
- Zero tolerance for gender – based violence.