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According to World Health Organization 1 in 4 people with HIV don't know they have it, so know your risk and know your status. It is a time for people to unite in the fight against the spread of HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate friends and loved ones who lost their fight to AIDS.

World AIDS Day is a day to remember the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, many of whom died because they couldn't access HIV services, because of stigma, because of discrimination and because of criminalization of key populations. People living with HIV now can take one or two pills, and with strict adherence, are able to maintain an undetectable viral load.

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December 1 every year has been slated by the United Nations as World Aids Day with the UNAIDS leading the global celebrations. By 2017, 75% of the people estimated to be living with HIV (28 million out of 37 million) had accessed HIV testing and been diagnosed.

Campaigners say one of the biggest challenges in the fight to end AIDS is encouraging people to get tested and making them aware of treatment and prevention services.

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The group and other NGOs send volunteers into the field to survey people and convince them to get tested. The demographics of people with HIV attributed to injection drug are similar to those most at risk for opioid use and addiction - which skews towards the younger, white population.

- In sub-Saharan Africa young women are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men. She added, "Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern". Aids.ua web portal quotes the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which points out that 'during the four months of 2018, 5,764 new cases of HIV infection were registered (783 of them are amongst children under 14 years old)'.

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So it is really important that more and more people have a HIV test, he said. However, it is also an important reminder that despite progress made, the world can not become complacent in its response to HIV. Besides, more than three in five people are accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy.

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