PESHAWAR, December 1: The World Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day was observed today.

This is the 26th year that AIDS Day is observed globally, with an aim to raise awareness about the disease amongst the masses. Though HIV is a fatal disease, a patient can recover if it is in the initial stages.

In the year 1988, the day had been recognised internationally and like every year, the theme for current year is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation”.

People worldwide show support for the patients living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, i.e. the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.

According to reports, about 35 million people are suffering from AIDS around the globe. However, almost 8,000 patients of HIV are registered, while 16,000 unregistered cases have been confirmed so far in Pakistan. Besides, the number of cases has surpassed 16,000 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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