World AIDS Day – Remember and Commit

The first day in December is World AIDS Day, this annual event serving as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma.

At BUSY Health, every day we see clients that are impacted by health conditions in a variety of ways. We know too, that it is not always the health condition itself that is of sole concern to clients. Often the issues surrounding the health condition itself are the most challenging to navigate.  

These issues often include:

  • fear surrounding judgement from health professionals, family or peers;
  • avoidance of proper health diagnostic testing and assessment preventing timely treatment;
  • coping with the emotional impacts of diagnosis;
  • concerns around stigma and social or familial acceptance;
  • dealing with prejudice, fear, negative attitudes, misconceptions or misinformation in interpersonal situations;
  • dealing with adjustments of lifestyle habits and personal expectations due to a health concern;
  • difficulties in accessing appropriate treatment measures; or
  • dealing with grief, loss or the impacts of health prognoses.

This year is the 35th year of commemorating World AIDS Day, and the theme is ‘Remember and Commit’. The day gives us an opportunity to remember and honour lives lost, whilst re-committing to our collective responsibility to act toward ending the epidemic.

In 2021 Australia was one of the few countries globally that reached important diagnostic, treatment and results goals set by UNAIDS, who is leading the global effort to end AIDS. In fact, since the 1980s Australia has been positioned as world leader in fighting the epidemic.  This has been the result of effective partnership between those living with HIV, their communities, health care providers, researchers, and governments.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by human immunodeficiency viruses 1 & 2 (HIV). HIV can be managed with treatment but without treatment can lead to a spectrum of conditions including AIDS.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to:

  • share information of the status of the pandemic and encourage awareness of prevention, treatment, and care;
    • commemorate those who have died;
    • celebrate victories.

At BUSY Health, on this important date we recognise that the person in front of us and their unique human needs come first, and that non-judgement, empathy, support and trust are crucial in healthcare settings.  We strive to create an environment where clients feel comfortable to discuss difficult issues they face in a caring, confidential and supportive space, promoting proactive engagement and management of healthcare issues.

We understand that prejudice, anxiety and fear can hold people back from accessing support, and our team of Health Practitioners are able to work with you to provide useful strategies and tools aimed at breaking down barriers and empowering individuals to manage their own health effectively.

Today we remember the lives impacted by AIDS and commit to a future in which we break down stigma, prejudice and barriers to health access to ensure a better future for all.

If you’d like to get involved in activities for World AIDS Day, click on the ribbon below to see what is on around you and how you can get involved:

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