World AIDS Day- a Worldwide Celebration
World Aids Day is celebrated every December 1 of each year. The purpose is to give people the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support to those living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. The celebration, on December 1, started in 1988 and it was the first ever global health day.
More Than 35 Million Have Died of HIV or AIDS
The disease is one of the most destructive pandemics in history. More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS. Globally there are an estimated 36.7 million people who presently have the virus.
Today is a day to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV throughout the world. One way of showing your support is by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon. Many communities hold their own celebration which might be a fundraising event, a parade or something special in order to show your support.
Another important aspect of world AIDS Day is to remind the public, and government officials, that HIV has not gone away. This means there is still a major need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.