Every year on December 1st, World AIDS Day is celebrated

Every year, on December 1st, celebrates World AIDS Day, proclaimed by the World Health Organization in 1988

AIDS - Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome - is the final stage of an infectious disease caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus affects special blood cells (lymphocytes) that are responsible for protecting the human body against various germs and tumors, and gradually kills these cells. The body's immunity is slowly diminishing for many months and years, and it leads to various diseases, especially infectious ones, affecting the lungs, digestive organs, skin, nervous system and so on.

AIDS was first discovered in the United States in the 1980s. In a few years, the spread of the disease has become a worldwide epidemic. Since then, this disease has come face to face in every corner of the globe. According to the World Health Organization, more than 32 million people have been killed since the start of the worldwide AIDS epidemic.

According to the Ministry of Public Health of Ukraine, since 1987, 341 084 cases of HIV infection have been officially registered in Ukraine, including 114 487 cases of AIDS and 49 751 cases of deaths caused by AIDS. The regions most affected by HIV are the Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolaiv, Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, as well as Kyiv.

Take care of yourself and check your health.

A New Strain of HIV Is Recorded 

US researchers have discovered a new strain of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This was reported by The Wall Street Journal in an article "A New Strain of HIV Is Recorded Under Group That Caused Pandemic".

The research was conducted by employees of the American pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories, which develops diagnostic tools. Scientists have found that the strain of HIV has infected three residents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The last time a new HIV strain was discovered in 2000.

According to experts interviewed by the journalists, this finding will not help improve the diagnosis or treatment of HIV in the short term, but may help researchers better understand the evolution and spread of the virus. Experts hope that this information will help to create an effective and affordable HIV vaccine.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

On this bright and kind Thanksgiving Day, we wish you to appreciate everything you have in your life, and with gratitude to receive every day, every warm word, every happy moment.

Ukrainians living with HIV are allowed to adopt children

On October 29, 2019 the District Administrative Court of Kyiv canceled paragraph 3 of the Order No. 479 of the Ministry of Health, according to which people with a positive HIV status were prohibited from adopting children.

The court decision was obtained as a result of the trial of Albina Kotovich. Albina has HIV status and has been helping people with the same diagnosis for over 20 years. A few years ago, anHIV infected womanwith a child in a terminal stage of cancer contactedthe Albina’s organization. She asked not to leave the child in distress after her death.

When the woman died, Albina Kotovich applied for the adoption of the 12-year-old boy, but was refused because ofAlbina’s status. "Having a virus does not mean that a person is incapable of taking care of himself or his children," - Albina said.

Background: In 2008, the Ministry of Health approved a list of diseases that do not allow Ukrainians to adopt a child, including HIV. Because of the infection, many Ukrainians have had problems with their adoption or guardianship. In addition, according to official data in Ukraine, about one thousand children have HIV-positive status. Allowing HIV-infected to adopt children will also help children with the same infections be more likely to find a family. Meanwhile, experts say that modern antiretroviral therapy for the year reduces the level of the virus to such a mark that it is not detected in the blood, and therefore, the HIV-infected can not transmit the disease in any way.

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