- About 36.7 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV, and 1.8 million of those infected are children who contracted the disease from their mothers according to AIDS.gov. A shocking one in eight people who have AIDS do not even know they have it yet – are you one of them?While there is no cure for HIV AIDS, if detected early on, antiretroviral treatments, or ART, can keep the disease at bay and allow carriers to lead a fairly normal life. The only way to know for sure whether you have contracted HIV is to be tested for it.
December 1 of every year since 1988 is World AIDS Day. It is a day to raise awareness about HIV AIDS, show support for those living with this disease and unite in the fight against the spread of AIDS. It was the world’s first global health day according the the World AIDS Day website.
So in order to raise awareness and help you catch the disease early on, here are some symptoms in each stage of the diesease to watch for, according to the Aids Foundation of Chicago.