World AIDS Day, December 1

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Supporters Will Unite to Fight the AIDS Battle

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Each year, on December 1, people across the globe join together to fight against HIV. Their goal is to support people with HIV as well as to commemorate those who have died from AIDS. The annual event first started in 1988.

Worldwide more than 34 million people live with the virus. More than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS. It has become one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Since the first case was diagnosed great scientific strides have been made in treating those infected with HIV.

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World AIDS Day is an opportunity for everyone to show support and solidarity to those suffering from HIV. One simple way of supporting the cause is by wearing a red ribbon. If you have the desire to make a stronger contribution you can help to raise money in the fight against HIV and AIDS. You might wish to simply hold a bake sale where you can sell red ribbons. Different events, from small to large, will be held throughout the world.

The red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. The ribbon has inspired other charities to use the symbol. For example, breast cancer awareness uses the adopted pink version. The red ribbon was created in 1991 when a group of 12 artists gathered to discuss a new project for Visual Aids; a New York arts organization that raises awareness of HIV. After a short brainstorming session they came up with a simple idea which eventually turned into one of the most recognized symbols of the decade – the red ribbon.

 

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