“Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, more than 60 million people have contracted HIV and nearly 30 million have died of HIV-related causes”.
Is there any need of celebrating world AIDS day? Yes, it is. The following statistics of AIDS will open your eyes and mouth wide -
• More than 34 million people now live with HIV/AIDS. Nearly 3.4 million of them are under the age of 15.
• In 2011, an estimated 2.5 million people were newly infected with HIV. Surprisingly, 330,000 were under the age of 15.
• Every day nearly 7,000 people contract HIV- nearly 300 every hour.
• In 2011, 1.7 million people died from AIDS. 230,000 of them were under the age of 15.
Every year 3.1 million die with AIDS infection. AIDS is one of the world's most significant public health challenges. World AIDS Day is celebrated to raise awareness worldwide about the disease. The event is supported by wearing a red ribbon, which is an international symbol of AIDS awareness.
World AIDS Day is observed on 1 December every year to raise awareness of AIDS caused by the spread of HIV infection.
History of World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, who were the public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be 1 December 1988.
Celebrations of World AIDS Day
Every year on December 1, a campaign is organised worldwide to aware the people about HIV/AIDS infection. The organizations involved in the event spread awareness about the status of pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention. World AIDS Day theme for 2012 is "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths".
medeCure urges to adopt preventive measures against HIV/AIDS as the disease is not curable.