World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
Why is World AIDS Day important?
Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. 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.
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.
What should I do on World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this.
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Feb 7
- National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 10
- National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 20
- National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day – April 10
- HIV Vaccine Awareness Day – May 18
- National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – May 19
- Hepatitis Testing Day – May 19
- Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – June 8
- National HIV Testing Day – June 27
- National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – September 18
- National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – September 27
- National Latino AIDS Awareness Day – October 15
- World AIDS Day – December 1
Every year, I participate and take myself to get tested not out of fear that I have caught something but to show how simple and important it is to know your stats. In the world we are living in, one careless move can cost you your life. Product RED is a campaign set out to bring more awareness and funding to HIV & AIDS. Companies such as, Converse, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, and Apple sell various products in which the proceeds help fund research and those living with the virus.
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