World AIDS Day 2017

Friday December 1st is World AIDS Day. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, and to show support for people living with HIV. Founded in 1988 by World Health Organization, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. The red ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV positive people and those living with AIDS. So on Friday wear red to support people with HIV positive and living with AIDS.

Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. In 1984 was when the virus began to be identified. More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Today in our world scientific advances have been made in HIV treatments.

Also there are laws to protect people living with HIV. We understand so much more about the condition now. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away. There is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education for AIDS.

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