Even with all these successes, still there is a long way to go. World AIDS Day is held annually on December 1 to promote awareness of the realities of HIV. For example, there are more than 33 million people living with HIV worldwide. But perhaps we also need a World AIDS-Hepatitis Day. A proportion of these 33 million people are at increased risk for developing acute hepatitis, especially hepatitis B or hepatitis C. The CDC estimates that hepatitis C co-infection is common (50%-90%) among HIV-infected injection drug users. It's important for people to understand how co-infection with either hepatitis or HIV can affect the treatment and management of either disease.
For more information, check out the Word Aids Day website at www.worldaidsday.org.