World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day, founded by UNAIDS, was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
From 2010 through 2014, the number of persons in California living with diagnosed HIV infection increased from approximately 116,000 to over 126,000. In 2014, the prevalence rate of diagnosed HIV infection was 327.5 per 100,000 population, compared to 309.9 in 2010, an increase of 5.7%.
Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. 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 in history.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, many people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind.
WHA’s Care Coordination by a Specialist
In most cases a WHA member’s PCP coordinates health care with other providers. However, if a WHA member has a life-threatening, degenerative or disabling condition or disease, including HIV or AIDS, and needs specialized medical care over a long period of time, he or she may receive a referral to a specialist or “specialty care center” that has expertise in the medical condition or disease, so the specialist can coordinate their health care.