World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. This year’s theme is Let’s End It. End isolation. End stigma. End HIV transmission.
World AIDS Day
- Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
- The red ribbon is the universally recognized symbol of HIV.
- Wearing a red ribbon is a simple and powerful way to challenge the stigma and prejudice surrounding HIV that prevents us from tackling the global epidemic. It also show support for people living with HIV.
- There are over 36 million people living with HIV worldwide.
- In 2014, 1.2 million people died of AIDS-related illness. This is a decline of 42% since 2004.
- Between 2000 and 2014, new HIV infections dropped from 3.1 million to 2 million, a reduction of 35%.
- Overall, about half of those infected by HIV worldwide, are women.
This World AIDS Day join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV. Learn how you can help here.