What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS day was established in August of 1987 by the World Health Organization (WHO), and on December 1, 1988, the world commemorated the first World AIDS day. World AIDS Day was the first global health day created by the WHO, and since then, every December 1st has been dedicated to raising awareness for the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV.
The event was created to unite people worldwide in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with AIDS, and commemorate those who have passed on. To this day, and estimated 34 million people have HIV and more than 35 million have died from the virus. There have been groundbreaking scientific progress in treatment, and there are numerous anti-discrimination laws for those living with the virus. Yet despite all of this, many people know very little about the virus, and the stigma associated with the HIV virus is still far too prevalent.
World AIDS Day reminds the public and the government that HIV still affects the lives of millions of people around the world. It reminds those living with the virus that they are not alone, and it helps to raise money, improve education, and fight prejudice.
What should I do?
If you want to help then you should… put a ribbon on it. Show solidarity for men and women living with HIV and raise awareness for World AIDS day by wearing a red ribbon.
For more ideas about how to get involved, check out some of these fun resources