World AIDS Day is observed every year on Dec. 1 to bring awareness about the disease which continues to be a major global public health issue.

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a chronic immune system disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that attacks the immune system and interferes with the body's ability to fight infections.

There is currently no effective cure for the disease. However, with the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART), the quantity of the virus in the blood can be considerably reduced. This treatment will help the patients to live long and healthy lives without transmitting the virus to their HIV-negative partners through sex.

It is estimated that around 650,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.5 million people acquired HIV in 2021.

WHO has announced the theme for this year's World AIDS Day as "Equalize" and called for global leaders and citizens to address the inequalities that are hindering progress in ending AIDS.

Here are some quotes that will bring awareness about AIDS and give hope to people fighting the disease:

Courtesy: Healthline, Brainy Quotes

  1. "People with HIV and AIDS are nothing to be afraid of. They are people just like every single one of us, and each has a story to tell. These people should be helped, embraced, and not dismissed. We need to open our hearts and our minds to them, and we just may learn we're pretty much all the same."- Lisa Lampanelli
  2. "AIDS can destroy a family if you let it, but luckily for my sister and me, Mom taught us to keep going. Don't give up, be proud of who you are, and never feel sorry for yourself." - Ryan White
  3. "HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it." - Princess Diana
  4. AIDS is a horrible disease, and the people who catch it deserve compassion." - Sam Kinison
  5. "One of the best ways to fight stigma and empower HIV-positive people is by speaking out openly and honestly about who we are and what we experience." - Alex Garner
  6. "Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me." - Ryan White
  7. "Give a child love, laughter, and peace, not AIDS." - Nelson Mandela
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