Over 1100 new Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections were diagnosed in Australia last year, an increase of 8.2 per cent on 2010. There is no cure or vaccine for HIV and Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease (AIDS), and the disease can affect anyone.
The transmission of HIV can be stopped though, and by becoming informed about how the disease is transmitted and how we can protect ourselves, we can help to prevent its spread.
This Saturday on December 1 is World Aids Day, an event that is observed annually to raise awareness in the community about issues around HIV and AIDS.
Those who have tested as HIV positive can face discrimination, and World AIDS Day will shine a light on the need for the community to support these individuals living with the virus.
This year's theme for World AIDS Day is HIV is still here, with the aim of encouraging "all Australians to be aware of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting safe sex practices; and to accept individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS".
In light of World Aids Day, it may be time for you to review you and your family's health situation. Are you receiving the appropriate treatment and care? Is your name still on the hospital waiting list?
Your health consultant can assist in comparing health insurance policies to find the best suited plan for your family.