World AIDS Day

Since 1988, every year World Aids Day has been designated on 1 December. The World Health Organization has initiated this world AIDS day to raise awareness of AIDS Pandemic caused by the Human Immuno Virus (HIV).

World AIDS Day is one of the eleven official global health campaigns founded by World Health Organization (WHO), along with other days related to your health like World Health day, World Hepatitis Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, World Patient safety Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day.

This Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome is a life threatening condition caused by a Virus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The HIV virus attacks the immune system of the patient and reduces its resistance to other diseases too.
The disease was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter in Geneva, Switzerland. In its first two years, World Aids Day focused on children and young people.

The promotion of World Aids Day was planned in 1996 by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). They created the campaign to spread awareness to communicate, prevent and educate people about the disease and it became an independent organization in 2004.

All campaigns focus on a specific theme of prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. From 2005 to 2010, the theme of the day was “Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise”, designed to keep the promise of prevention, treatment, care and support by the political leaders.
In 2012, with the theme of “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness”. The theme for 2014 was “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation”.

Currently World AIDS Day has a theme “Equality”, it isn’t used for a day. The themes are used year-round to highlight HIV/AIDS awareness within the global context of other global events and local activities too.

The National AIDS Trust is committed to stopping new cases of HIV, securing the people living with the disease. We are celebrating the diverse group of people who stand shoulder to shoulder with HIV allies and fight for their rights. World AIDS Day is a perfect time for us to raise awareness about HIV. Your support will help them to vision their future where HIV is no barrier to health or equality.

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