Every year since 1988, December 1t marks as the World AIDS Day. This date has been set up to attract the attention of the world community to the fight against HIV which became a global pandemic. Every year the World AIDS Day is held under various slogans that reflect actual problems. By the UN initiative, from 2011 to 2015, World AIDS Day is held under the general message “What can be done to get to Zero on new cases of infection?”. By this it leads global efforts to achieve shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. The report says that more than 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV. In 2014, 1.2 million people died from AIDS-infected illness. Between 2000-2014, new cases of HIV infection fell from 3.1 million to 2 million, which makes 35 percent decrease. The reason for this is the increasing awareness and promotion work. The problem of HIV/AIDS in Azerbaijan is always under the control of the Ministry of Health as the most pressing problem. Azerbaijan is among the countries with low HIV infection rate and routinely monitored the HIV epidemic, proving its spread among infected drug users, who are in the list of high risk group. In order to prevent HIV/AIDS since November 29, 2017, jointly with the National AIDS Center it is planned to conduct voluntarily HIV testing campaigns in many higher and secondary educational institutions on Baku level and including regions among students, large shopping and trade centers, International Bus Station and other places. Thus, on November 29, 2017 in the vocational lyceum of Gusar region an event dedicated to the 1st December World AIDS Day was held. The slogan of this year is to end the discrimination, stigma and HIV spreading.The purpose is toprovide knowledge about HIV/AIDS in line with age, help young people make intelligent decisions, and share the notion of healthy life style behavior with young people in order to prevent HIV/AIDS.
The event was carried out as a result of the cooperation of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society Youth Committee, Youth and Volunteers, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Health and Care Departments, AzRC Gusar Local Branch and National AIDS Center. The event was also attended by Mr. Max Santner, HoCCT/Head of IFRC Delegation in Tbilisi for South Caucasus.
First of all participants were informed about the topic, and then a detailed presentation was made by the specialist of the National AIDS Center, interactive process was initiated among young people, and the questions were spoken out by experts.
Then, as continuation of the event, the youth passed through blood express tests organized by the National AIDS center, and the answers were HIV negative. It should be noted that more than 300 students and teachers participated in the event. 89 of them have undergone blood tests. The event was widely covered by the media. At the end on behalf of the National AIDS Center and the professional lyceum of Gusar region words of gratitude were addressed to leadership, staff and volunteers of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society for the organized event. We, as the Red Crescent Society, also express our thanks to all those who contributed to the event.
Our events will be continued.