Thirty years ago, on October 27, 1988, the UN General Assembly and the World Health Organization established on December 1 as the World AIDS Day. Five years after the discovery of the AIDS-causing virus, HIV, 65,700 people have already been diagnosed with the virus, and 38,000 have died.
In order to mark the date and remember the struggles and achievements in a global response to HIV, the Ministry of Health will cover the Esplanade Ministries with a huge mosaic made of patchwork of yorkshire (the clothes in English). This is the practice of the 1980s to recall the victims of AIDS.
Anyone who wants to participate will be able to make an effort to mark their contribution in the fight against an epidemic that has not yet been overcome, despite the progress made so far. To participate, go to vvv.diamundial30anos.com.br. At this address, a surfer can choose art, write his message, his name, or dedicate to a person or people he loves or admires. There will also be plural space to record your commitment to the fight against prejudice, stigma and disinformation about HIV / AIDS.
All messages will be printed on fabric for mosaic clothing on the Esplanade of Ministries on World AIDS Day.
Make your present and participate in this great movement. Every one the clothes is a achievement, and leave your message until November 22, deadline for submission.
"It is very important to save the past in these 30 years of history where many struggles have been necessary for the achievements we have today in a global response to HIV / AIDS," says Adele Benzaken, director of the STI, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Department. It reminds that this story is marked by the struggle and the desire of many who have been victims of this disease. "Some have worked hard, but they went very quickly without knowledge of the treatment and prevention capabilities we have today. We have to respect them, but those who have opposed the virus and become activists or protagonists in this story, making the Brazilian answer an example to the world. "
In 1987, during the third international AIDS conference in Washington, USA, about 200,000 people participated in out-of-events. They were activists, people living with a virus who wanted to hear the scientific community and the world. Because, for those activists, when there was no treatment, silence was a form of death. For this reason, at the initiative of the American NGO ACT UP, a large mosaic of linen (clothes) before Capitol to remember and bow to AIDS victims. It was a form of protest and confirmation of the struggle for life.
The following year, on the initiative of two World Public Organization public information officers James Bunn and Thomas Netter, the creation of the World Aid Day was proposed. The idea was later transferred to the then director of the Global AIDS Program (UNAIDS), Jonathan Mann, as a way to counter prejudice and misinformation that still persisted about this problem. The initiative has been won and to date, the first day of December was marked around the world as a date to fight prejudice and disease stigma.
Time has passed and today it is possible to live with HIV, but AIDS is still a reality. Currently, 75% of people live with the virus and are aware of their serostatus. The goal of the UN is to ensure 90% of this number reaches 90%, and at least 90% of these people get treatment, and 90% of those who receive treatment are indecisive – a country in which a person does not transmit a virus and can maintain quality of life without manifestation symptoms of AIDS.
In Brazil, 92% of people in treatment have already come to this state of undiscovering. This was achieved due to the strengthening of the actions of the Ministry of Health, through DIAHV, in order to expand the best treatment available for HIV. An example of this is that the country has included dolutegravir as a first-line medication for the treatment of patients.
In addition, in the area of prevention, the SUS makes available to the population the most advanced strategies and technologies for preventing infection with the virus, such as Prophylaxis Against Powder (PrEP) and Postpropusive Prophylaxis (PEP); in addition to extending access to early diagnosis and specific actions for key HIV populations, such as transgender people, homosexuals, and men who have sex with men, sex workers, vulnerable populations and users of alcohol and other substances.
Source: Department of SPI, AIDS and viral hepatitis