Today marks World AIDS Day, a day stated by the United Nations to remember those lost to the disease and call attention to the fact that the epidemic is not over, with an estimated 36.9 million people living with HIV or AIDS worldwide.
A variety of events have been organized across the world to observe World AIDS Day, which was established in 1988.
This year’s theme is “The Time to Act Is Now,” a call to implement the latest HIV prevention strategies.
The national programme to mark World Aids Day will take place in Batticaloa.
Speaking to Hiru news, Colombo General Hospital official Pushpa Ramyani said there are 2,241 reported cases of Aids that have been reported while adding the Ministry believes 3,600 persons have contracted the disease. And 1,800 persons are unaware that they have contracted the disease, reportedly.
She also stressed that Aids can be treated and urged all individuals to refrain from engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse in order to prevent the contraction of the disease.