World AIDS Day

world aids day
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.


Macedonia remains a country with a low rate of HIV and has the lowest reported number of HIV cases among southeastern European countries thanks to early intervention with the most vulnerable groups.

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