WORLD Ads Day has been commemorated on 1 December since 1988, as a way to draw awareness to the disease and to mourn the 35 million people who have died from it over the years.
The event has since shifted to focus on successes in the global fight against the disease and the importance of continuing these efforts for the 36.7 million worldwide that are living with HIV/Aids.
Yet, as recently as 2012, many incorrectly believed that the virus can be transmitted by sharing a drinking glass with an HIV-positive person, swimming in the same pool as someone infected or even just touching the same toilet seat. So, even though HIV and Aids are common terms, myths and confusion clearly remain.
So what is HIV, what is Aids, and what do we know about prevention and treatment?
Here are nine vital facts to know about HIV and AIDS and how to prevent and treat both:
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