A short note from Dr. Amit Arwindekar, Medical Director, North America, UnitedHealthcare Global 

Since 1988, the 1st of December has been recognised as ‘World AIDS day’, in remembrance of the 36 million people who have lost their lives as a result of AIDS/HIV1 and raise awareness about the disease. Following global efforts to reduce transmission, new cases of HIV infections have decreased 52% since the peak in 1997, yet still 37.7 million people will be living with AIDS related illnesses in 2020.2 This demonstrates the continued importance of maintaining resources and education to put an end to AIDS related illnesses and inequalities worldwide. This year’s theme for World AIDS day is ‘End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics’ reminding people and governments that HIV has not gone away. There is still a critical need for increased funding for the AIDS response, to continue to help provide the necessary therapy for AIDS illnesses and other necessary medical equipment. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of a global response to any pandemic. At UnitedHealthcare Global we encourage everyone to visit the UNAIDS website this World Aids Day, to learn more about the progress which has already been made in combatting the disease and what we can do to drive change in the future.

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Resources

1: https://www.hiv.gov/blog/world-aids-day-2021-ending-hiv-epidemic-equitable-access-everyone-s-voice
2:https://www.hiv.gov/blog/world-aids-day-2021-ending-hiv-epidemic-equitable-access-everyone-s-voice