World AIDS Day [1st December]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 22, 2022, 10:18

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed on December 1 every year to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic due to the spread of HIV infection and to remember people who have died due to the disease.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which is a life-threatening illness.

History of AIDS Day

James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public info managers with the World Health Organization's Global Programme on AIDS in Geneva, Switzerland, first proposed World AIDS Day in August 1987.

Bunn, a former San Francisco television broadcast journalist, advocated that December 1 is the best date for the day. He believed that western news media would optimise awareness of World AIDS Day then since it would be sufficiently long after the US campaigns but before the Christmas holidays.

For the first two years, the theme of International AIDS Day was focused on children and young people. While some criticised the theme at the time for disregarding the fact that HIV can infect people of all ages, it did help relieve some of the stigma associated with the disease.

Significance of World AIDS Day

The HIV virus targets the patient's immune system, weakening its tolerance to other 'diseases.'

Around the world, government health officials, non-governmental agencies, and individuals commemorate World AIDS Day to educate the general population about AIDS prevention and control and generally raise awareness on these topics that are otherwise considered taboo.

International AIDS Day is one of the World Health Organization's eleven official global public health campaigns.

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The Theme of World AIDS Day 2021

All International AIDS Day campaigns are focused on a single subject, which was chosen after discussions with UNAIDS, WHO, and a wide range of grassroots, national, and international organisations active in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

The themes are not specific to that particular day. They are relevant and remembered throughout the year in international efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in conjunction with other key global events such as the G8 Summit and local campaigns such as the Student Stop AIDS Campaign in the United Kingdom.

"End disparities. End AIDS" was the theme of World AIDS Day 2021. The importance of the concept is that it focuses on reaching out to those who are forgotten or left out. WHO and its partners used the theme to highlight the rising disparities in access to critical HIV services.

WHO urges world leaders and individuals to do everything possible to reduce the inequities that fuel AIDS and reach out to those who are currently unable to access vital HIV services.

To Conclude, Every year on December 1, the world commemorates International AIDS Day to raise awareness of the disease and honour those who have died as a result. The aim of observing this day is to remind people and governments that HIV is still prevalent and that increasing awareness, fighting discrimination, raising funds, and improving education about the virus and disease is still critical.

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FAQs on World AIDS Day

Q.1. What is the significance of World AIDS Day?

Every year on December 1, World AIDS Day is commemorated. It's an opportunity for people worldwide to come together to fight against HIV, show solidarity for HIV-positive people, and remember those who have died as a result of an AIDS-related illness. World AIDS Day was the first global health day, established in 1988.

Q.2. What was the theme of World AIDS Day 2021?

"End disparities. End AIDS" was the theme of World AIDS Day 2021. WHO and its partners emphasise the rising inequities in access to basic HIV services, with a special focus on those who have been left behind.

Q.3. When was the first World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day or International AIDS Day was first observed in 1988.

Q.4. Who is the person responsible for the creation of World AIDS Day?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced the idea of World AIDS Day on December 1, 1988.

Q.5. What is the significance of the red ribbon on World AIDS Day?

The significance of the red ribbon on World AIDS Day is that it represents Multiple Sclerosis, driving drunk prevention, drug prevention, and the fight against drug addiction and HIV/AIDS.