World AIDS Day
Happy Friday PTSC !
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 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. Many diagnosed with HIV 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 important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
PTSC joins today with Family Planning to recognize World Aids Day by offering free HIV Testing, counselling and advice. The Testing unit is located in the northern carpark that is usually utilized by PTSC Managers (the carpark closed to Photo King/ Lotto Booth).
All employees are invited to visit the testing area, take part, invite and encourage co-workers, friends and relatives to get tested as well.
Please seek the necessary permissions from your direct supervisor before leaving your work stations to attend.
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