Human Immunodeficiency Virus is transmissible through bodily fluids such as blood. With time, HIV causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease, which is not communicable. HIV positive individuals need special health care and support from their community to live free from discrimination.
We need to understand HIV and what it means to be HIV positive to properly support the individuals living with the virus.
World AIDS Day is one of the most globally recognised events of the year. On 1 December each year, World AIDS Day is celebrated across Australia to raise awareness in the community about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2012 is HIV is still here. The aim is to encourage all Australians to be aware of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting safe sex practices; and to accept individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
HIV positive people need to be empowered in society. They have the right to participate in a community free from stigma and discrimination.