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A walk in the Park

This blog is dedicated to everyone who has struggled with Community Medicine. Through my posts I hope to simplify and demystify community medicine. The emphasis will be on clarifying concepts rather than providing ready-made answers to exam questions.

Feedback is crucial for the success of this endeavour, so you are encouraged to comment and criticize if you cannot understand something.

If you want a topic to be discussed sooner rather than later, please let me know via

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[Alternatively, you may join the group communitymedicine4ALL: 

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Twitter: @DocRoopesh

A single example may not be able to explain 100% of a given topic, so multiple examples may be provided to explain different parts of a single concept.

If something doesn’t seem right:

a. Write to me about it (at commed4all@gmail.com), and

b. Cross check with another source (textbook, expert, etc.)

I hope that my exertions will make your experience with community medicine seem like a “Walk in the Park”

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Note 2. Please understand that this blog (and the corresponding facebook page/ group) is maintained in my spare time. I have a full time job, and am available to pursue these activities only after regular working hours (after 5 pm Indian Standard Time). However urgently you may wish to receive a response from me, I will be able to respond only upon returning home from work (I am offline the rest of the time).

Note 3. Please mind your language when interacting with me/ in the group linked to this blog. Rude/ offensive language will result in expulsion from both my friends list and the said group.

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World AIDS Day (1 December) 2022: Equalize

World AIDS Day is celebrated on 1st December each year. This year, the theme is ‘Equalize’.

Background Information:

World AIDS Day 2022

Although there is no cure, timely diagnosis and medical care can help control HIV.

World AIDS Day 2022
World AIDS Day 2022
World AIDS Day 2022

Key Messages:

This World AIDS Day, WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to boldly recognize and address the inequalities which are holding back progress in ending AIDS; and equalize access to essential HIV services particularly for children and key populations and their partners – men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs, sex workers, and people in prisons.

World AIDS Day 2022

Only 52% of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment. If we can show progress in ending new infections among children and ensuring all are on quality antiretrovirals (ARVs), we have greater hope and can ensure greater political commitment to end AIDS in all populations by 2030.

World AIDS Day 2022

Globally, 70% of new HIV infections are among people who are marginalized and often criminalized. We can only end AIDS by scaling up HIV services and removing structural barriers & stigma and discrimination of key populations in every country. 

World AIDS Day 2022
World AIDS Day 2022

Persistent economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other global crisis requires renewed efforts to maintain visibility for HIV and to end AIDS as a public health threat.

World AIDS Day 2022
World AIDS Day 2022
World AIDS Day 2022
World AIDS Day 2022
World AIDS Day 2022
World AIDS Day 2022

Inequalities still persist for the most basic services like testing and treatment. We must ensure that everyone, everywhere has equal access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care.

World AIDS Day 2022

Health services should be adapted to reach and meet the needs of populations most at risk and affected, and this includes implementing a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to stigma and discrimination in all health services.

Useful Links:

Link to World AIDS Day site:

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-aids-day/2022

Link to WHO fact sheet on HIV/AIDS:

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hiv-aids