World AIDS day takes place each year on 01 December to unite the global population in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those that have lost their lives from an AIDS-related illness.
Thanks to the success of anti-retroviral treatment, serious HIV related illness is now less common. The term 'AIDS' (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is now being less commonly used and instead 'late stage' or 'advanced' HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) are the preferred terms.
However, HIV continues to be a major global public health issue and has claimed more than 35 million lives since the virus was first identified in 1984, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
The theme for this years World AIDS day is Rock the Ribbon. The red ribbon, which was created in 1991, is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. Wearing the ribbon is excellent opportunity to raise awareness about HIV and the stigma still experienced by those living with HIV.
Further information on World Aids Day campaigns can be accessed via the following links:
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