December 1st: A world day worth remembering

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Yesterday was the World AIDS Day , a day for raising awareness about HIV/AIDS that has been observed since 1988 on December 1st each year.

This year, world AIDS day was about getting to zero, ie zero infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths.   UN officials said that for the end of the AIDS pandemic is within reach. Of course there is still some way to go and research on HIV/AIDS is ongoing.

At the International Journal of Public Health, we regularly publish articles on HIV/AIDS, focusing mainly on surveillance and socioeconomic factors. The most recent ones are about  surveillance of other sexually transmitted infections among people with HIV , factors associated with HIV testing amonst immigrants , and intervention projects.

Let us know your thought about this special day! And don’t forget to visit this very informative page , full of up to date facts and myth busters about HIV/AIDS!

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Zainab

HIV infection has four basic stegas which are the incubation period, acute infection, latency stage and AIDS. The initial incubation period usually lasts between two and four weeks. The second stage, acute infection, lasts an average of 28 days and can include symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rashes, muscle pain, and also mouth sores.The latency stage, which occurs on the third stage, shows few or no symptoms and can last anywhere from two weeks to twenty years and beyond. AIDS, the fourth and final stage of HIV infection shows as symptoms of various infections and tumors, unexplained weight loss, respiratory tract infection, skin rashes, and oral ulcerations.

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