Every year, December 1st is World AIDS Day. This special day is a great opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.
On this day, people all over the world show their support for people living with HIV and they commemorate people who have died from the disease.
World AIDS Day was the first health day to be recognized globally. It began in 1988.
According to WorldsAIDSday.org, an estimated 33.3 million people are currently living with HIV globally. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
The significance of World AIDS Day each year on December 1st is to give people the opportunity to learn the facts about HIV and to put that knowledge into action by raising money for the education and prevention of HIV. People show their support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon. The red ribbon is the international symbol of HIV awareness.
WorldAIDSday.org reminds us that even though great scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, and so much more is known about the disease, many lay people still do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV. In addition, the stigma and discrimination remain a huge and hurtful reality for those who are living with HIV.
World AIDS Day reminds the public that HIV deserves attention, and that those who suffer with the disease deserve support. There is still a significant need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education, according to WorldAIDSday.org.
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