December 01, 2021 – 5:21 pm clock
December 1st is World AIDS Day
In Germany around 91,400 people live with HIV, 95 percent take medication and can lead a largely normal life with their diagnosis. World AIDS Day has been taking place on December 1st for more than 30 years. The motto for 2021 is “End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics.”
Treat HIV-positive people with respect
The goal: to remind those responsible in politics, business, media and other areas that they can and must make a contribution. “Because it has long been possible to end the AIDS epidemic and distribute health opportunities more equitably – it depends on political will,” said the organizers of the annual theme day. In addition, World AIDS Day is a reminder of the people who died as a result of HIV and AIDS and of treating HIV-positive people with respect and without prejudice.
“I was afraid of discrimination and rejection”
Alexandra Frings experienced just that: 15 years ago she was diagnosed with “HIV positive”. Her ex-husband had infected the young mother. “I was afraid of discrimination and rejection,” admits Frings in the RTL interview. Because although infected people have no restrictions in their lives thanks to medication, many prejudices are circulating. In the healthcare sector in particular, Frings had to experience being kept at a distance by doctors and physiotherapists. What appeal she makes to other people on World AIDS Day – in the video above. (fge)