World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed every year on 1 December.

Important facts

  • It is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, support people living with HIV, and remember those who have died from AIDS-related illness.

  • AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is caused by the human immuno deficiency virus (HIV), has so far claimed the lives of 40.1 million people.

  • At the end of 2021, there were 38.4 million HIV-positive persons worldwide, of whom 25.6 million were from the African region.

  • HIV remains a serious public health concern affecting millions of people globally.

The theme of the 2022 World AIDS Day

  • "Equalize" is this year's World AIDS Day theme. 

  • It's a rallying cry to get serious about addressing disparities and doing everything we can to end AIDS.

  • Therefore, it is important to increase patient access to HIV treatment, testing, and prevention services by improving the availability, quality, and usability.

Background of the day

  • The day was first observed in 1988 by WHO. 

  • The day was conceived by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two information officers for the Global Program on AIDS.

  • These officers worked for the World Health Organization in the Global Program on AIDS.

  • James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter took their proposal for a World AIDS Day to Jonathan Mann, director of the Global Program on AIDS, who liked the idea and recommended starting the first World AIDS Day on December 1, 1988.

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