World AIDS Day: 1st December

1 December - World AIDS Day and National HIV Awareness day

World AIDS Day: 1st December each year since 1988, is International Day dedicated to raising awareness of HIV / AIDS caused by the spread of HIV / AIDS and mourning for those who have died of the disease. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome World AIDS Day: 1st December (AIDS) is a life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV virus attacks a patient’s immune system and reduces its resistance to other infections. Government and health workers, non-governmental organizations, and people around the world celebrate this day, often being educated on AIDS prevention and control.

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This day is one of eighteen official public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as World Health Day, World Blood Donation Day, World Immunization Week, World TB Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day , World Hepatitis Day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, World Patient Safety Day and World Chagas Disease Day.

Since 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, with an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV, making it one of the most important public health problems in the world in recorded history. With the recent availability of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in many parts of the world, the death toll from the AIDS epidemic has dropped dramatically since 2005.

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World AIDS Day was started in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers of the Global Program on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Drs. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Program on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Mann liked the idea, embraced it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first World AIDS Day should be celebrated on December 1, 1988. Bunn, a former San Francisco television journalist, praised December 1 for believing in increasing the spread of this Day through the media of the western media, long enough to follow the US election but before the Christmas holidays.

In its first two years, the theme for World AIDS Day focused on children and young people. While the choice of the theme was criticized by some at the time for ignoring the fact that people of all ages could be infected with HIV, the theme helped to reduce some of the stigma surrounding the disease and increase the perception of the problem as a family disease.   

Each year, Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI issued a greeting message to patients and doctors on World AIDS Day.

In the US, the White House began celebrating World AIDS Day with a display of the 8.5 m (8.5 m) AIDS Ribbon in North Portico of the building in 2007. White House Aide Steven M. Levine, former President George W. Bush’s administration, proposed the exhibition to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to fighting the global AIDS epidemic through its historic PEPFAR program. The White House exhibition, now an annual tradition in the administration of the four Presidents, quickly gained attention, as it was the banner, sign or symbol of a prominent hanging in the White House since the administration of Abraham Lincoln.

Since 1993, the President of the United States has made the official announcement of World AIDS Day (see section # US Presidential Announcements for World AIDS Day for copies of those declarations). On November 30, 2017, President Donald Trump declared World AIDS Day on December 1.

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