World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st of each year.  It was established in 1988 as a way to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and to improve eduction.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children.  During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.  Around half of all people who became infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries.  But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.