This World Aids Day, Remember to stay safe by being more aware

This World Aids Day, Remember to stay safe by being more aware

PNB MetLife 01-12-2017 02:47:01 PM
This World Aids Day, Remember to stay safe by being more aware

This World AIDS Day, Remember to Stay Safe by Being More Aware

Digging deeper into the cause…. 

It is that time of the year when you will spot the iconic red-ribbon around town, the global symbol of solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS. World AIDS Day is designated on the 1st of December every year since 1988 and it is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Read More


WHY IS WORLD AIDS DAY IMPORTANT?

Whether you like it or not, the world’s problems are your problems too….

According to the latest survey done by WHO, there were nearly 37 million people living with HIV while 1.1 million people died of AIDS-related causes in 2015 and the numbers are increasing with every passing day. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics the world has seen.

World AIDS Day is important as it is a reminder that HIV has not disappeared – there is still a dire need to raise funds, increase awareness, fight prejudice, improve education and most of all get the needed protection.


WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT HIV/AIDS

It is always good to be aware and alert about one of the deadliest diseases of our time….

  • How it is transmitted - HIV is transmitted through contact with certain body fluids including blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids and breast milk from an HIV infected person. It can also be transmitted by an HIV infected mother to her child during childbirth or while breastfeeding.
  • How it isn’t transmitted – HIV cannot be contracted by merely shaking hands or hugging a person who is HIV infected, nor through objects such as dishes, toilet seats, or doorknobs used by the HIV infected person. It does not spread through air, mosquitos, ticks, or other insect bites.
  • Universal Treatment - Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the use of HIV medicines to treat HIV infection. ART can’t cure HIV, but it can help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. ART also reduces the risk of HIV transmission.
  • General Symptoms - Within 2 to 4 weeks of a person getting infected with HIV, they may have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills or rash. If the symptoms last for a few weeks and then become infected, getting tested is advised. 


WHAT ACTION CAN YOU TAKE ON WORLD AIDS DAY?

Little drops make the ocean...So do your part

Extend your whole-hearted support towards the cause of Worlds AIDS Day this year by taking the following action –

  • Get Insured – Let this World AIDS Day be a wakeup call to you. Fatal diseases can strike anyone at any time, unannounced. You get one life so ensure you make the most of it for yourself and your family with the right life insurance plan.
  • Stay Protected – All said and done, you can never be too careful with your health. Get yourself thoroughly checked at regular intervals and take necessary treatment as and when required according to the doctor’s recommendation. Know and understand the symptoms and causes of these fatal diseases for your own safety and always remember ‘PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE’.
  • Spread Awareness – Do your bit and educate those in your immediate social circle who are unaware or have no access to information about AIDS and the threats that go with it. Especially to people in the lower-income bracket who are most prone to contracting the disease, knowledge is power.
  • Extend Support – This World AIDS day is an opportunity for you express your solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day and encouraging others to do it as well.


The theme for World AIDS Day 2017 is ‘My Right, My Health’. It emphasizes that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, has a right to health. The day serves as a reminder  for the need to achieve the full realization of the right to health by everyone, everywhere. Along with minding your health, it is also a duty to get a life insurance policy that covers your loved ones, no matter what. 

Pledge to be a more responsible version of yourself by taking your health seriously and getting adequately insured. After all, you only live once, you might as well do it right.

Related links –
http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/
https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/understanding-hiv-aids/fact-sheets/21/51/hiv-treatment--the-basics
https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/data-and-trends/statistics