Today, 31 years ago, WHO declared HIV/Aids a worldwide epidemic


The World Health Organisation (WHO), declared HIV/Aids as a worldwide epidemic on 13 September 1985. It is still unknown and there are only speculations and myths as to where or how the HIV/Aids materialised.

The disease came with lots of stigmatisation and discrimination.

Although the first ever cases were reported in the 1980s, it is believed that the disease first emerged as far back as the 1960s.

Today millions of people around the world are infected by the disease with Africa having the highest infection rate than any other continent.

According to the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), 22.4 million people in Sub Saharan Africa were living with the disease in 2009, making it the most heavily affected region.

Strides are being made in order to find the cure for the disease but people are able to live healthy and proper lives with the disease these days.

Source: South African History Online

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