The South African Football Association (SAFA) has taken time to recognise the World Aids Day and emphasized the dangers of the epidemic among our society and the world at large.

World AIDS day takes place on December 1 every year since 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness of the pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is also a time to mourn those who have died of the disease.

The disease has reportedly wiped out close to 40 million people globally despite recent improvements in antiretroviral treatments in many regions of the world.

“To the entire football family, we want to urge our society to practise safe sex and stop the spread of this deadly disease which has taken away some of our beloved ones.

“If we all join hands, we have the capabilities to wipe out this scourge which is a threat to our society,” said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.