Since 1988, every year on 1st December, World AIDS Day is celebrated. AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Without a proper treatment even half the people infected with HIV develop AIDS within ten years. AIDS is a global pandemic which has killed more than two dezen million people since its disocvery.
World AIDS Day is aimed at:
- promoting HIV testing and counselling as a key service to increase access to HIV treatment and care
- raising awareness about HIV and AIDS
- drawing attention about HIV/AIDS epidemic
- helping boost recognition of the problem as a family disease
- achieving universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support
- promoting diversity, equality and human rights
- establishing programs for HIV prevention
The global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those who live with AIDS is a red ribbon.