Thirty years ago, October 27, 1988, the UN General Assembly and the World Health Organization began on December 1 as World AIDS Day. Five years after the discovery of the virus that caused AIDS, HIV had 65 700 people already diagnosed with the virus and 38 000 had died.
To mark the date and remember the struggles and achievements of the global response to HIV, the Ministry of Health will cover the Ministry of Esplanade with a huge mosaic consisting of patchwork quilts (quilt in English). This was an exercise in the 1980s to remind victims of AIDS.
The quilts will be made by anyone who wants to participate and their contribution is highlighted in the fight against the epidemic that has not yet been overcome, despite the progress achieved so far. To participate, go to www.diamundial30anos.com.br. At this address, the surfer can choose an art, write his message, his name or devote himself to the person or person he loves or admires. There will also be a number of areas for registering your commitment to combating prejudices, stigma and disinformation about HIV / AIDS.
All messages will be printed on fabrics to form the mosaic of blankets at the Ministry Esplanade on World AIDS Day.
Make your tribute and participate in this great movement. each quilt represents a performance, so leave your message until November 22, last day of submission.
"It's very important to save the past in these 30 years of history, where many battles have been necessary for the results we have today in the global response to HIV / AIDS," says Adele Benzaken, director of the STI, AIDS and viral hepatitis department. She recalls that this story is marked by the struggle and longing for the many who have become victims of the disease. "Some fought a lot, but they left very quickly without knowing what treatment and prevention options we have today. We must honor them, but also those who have opposed the virus and become activists or protagonists in this story, making the Brazilian answer an example to the world. "
In 1987, 200,000 people participated outside the event during the Third International Aid Conference in Washington (USA). They were activists, people living with the virus that would be heard by science and the world. Because the activists, when there was no treatment, silence was a form of death. For this reason, on the initiative of the American NGO ACT UP, a large mosaic of bedding (quilts) in front of the Capitol to remember and pay tribute to AIDS victims. It was a way to protest and confirm the struggle for life.
The following year was proposed at the initiative of two public information officers from the World Health Organization, James Bunn and Thomas Netter, the creation of World AIDS Day. The thought was then taken to the then head of the Global AIDS Program (UNAIDS), Jonathan Mann, as a way to counter prejudice and incorrect data that remained on the issue. The initiative has avenged and even today, December 1 is marked around the world as a date for combating prejudice and stigmatization around the disease.
Time has passed and today it is possible to live with HIV, but AIDS is still a reality. Currently, 75% of people live with the virus and are aware of their serostatus. The UN's goal is to make 90% 90% and 90% of these people receive treatment and 90% of those receiving treatment are indisputable – a condition where the person does not transmit the virus and can maintain quality of life without showing symptoms of AIDS.
In Brazil, 92% of people treated already have reached this condition to be undetectable. This achievement is due to the strengthening of the Ministry of Health's actions through DIAHV, to expand the offer of the best treatment available to HIV. An example of this is that the country has incorporated dolutegravir as a first drug for treating patients.
In addition, SUS makes available to the population the most advanced strategies and technologies for the prevention of viral infection, such as prophylactic prophylaxis (PrEP) and postponement prophylaxis (PEP). in addition to expanding access to early diagnosis and specific measures for important HIV-response populations, such as transgender, gay and men who have sex with men, sex workers, the deprived population and users of alcohol and other substances.
source: Department of STI, AIDS and viral hepatitis