Established in 1988, World Aids Day asks us to remember those who have died from HIV-related causes, to provide support for those living with the virus, and analyse progress towards a target of ending Aids by 2030.
But this year is different. The fight against HIV has taken on new significance since the coronavirus pandemic upended life as we know it, nowhere more so than in sub-Saharan Africa. It is home to more than two-thirds of the almost 38 million people estimated to be living with HIV, but less than 5 per cent of its 1.14 billion population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
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