Let’s close the gap – World AIDS Day 2014

close-the-gapThe World AIDS Day is an opportunity to harness the power of social change in order to prioritize people and close the gap in terms of access. Ending the AIDS epidemic before 2030 is still possible, but only if we are able to close the gap among those who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, and those who are left apart.

An important factor to eradicate the epidemic is to empower everyone, no matter where they are, so that they can have access to different HIV services. A clear example would be to gain access to HIV testing for everyone. In this way, the 19 million people who do not know their HIV status could begin receiving support and services.

On the other hand, achieving universal access to antiretroviral treatment, would translate as a significant improvement for quality of life of more than 35 million people with HIV in the world. Also, covering 100% of children with HIV and not 24% of them, as it occurs nowadays.

While Governments and countries around the world have responsibility in the achievement of these objectives. We all play an important role in the actions we must take together to stop the spread of HIV.

Among various prevention efforts is the campaign “Fill the Gap”, which consists of a series of activities that are intended to explain how people, organizations, and societies can contribute to filling the gap to finally eradicate the HIV epidemic. These actions include banners on web sites and social networks as support to the campaign, pictures and posters that reflect any gap that remains unfilled, messages already prepared on how to fill the gap or create new ones that reflect the needs of the organizations and communities

There are also various infographics about 12 most HIV-affected population. They include homosexuals and other men who have sex with men, young people and adolescents, drug users and transgender.

For more information regarding “Filling the Gap” campaign, please visit http://www.unaids.org/en/WAD2014socialmedia. There you’ll find a Facebook page intended for the community at large, as well as twits, Facebook posts, and a Google+ profile proposed by UNAIDS on the occasion of the World AIDS Day. In addition, you can use the following #Hashtags #WAD2014 and #CloseTheGap.

Source: http://www.unaids.org/es/WAD2014closethegap