World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an WORLDopportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. It was founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus that causes AIDS. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 5,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day.
You can also order afree pack of 100 ribbonsto fundraise for the National AIDS Trust. World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to raise money which will help to champion the rights of people living with HIV.
You can list your World AIDS Day event and organize them in order to create awareness. Or, if you can’t host your own event, you can find out how to attend an event near you.
World AIDS Day may be once a year, but you can still support people living with HIV all year round. You can help them by donating as well as volunteering for people suffering.They rely on your support to continue championing living with HIV.