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World AIDS Day 2023: Inception to red ribbon symbol, interesting facts about this day

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st and serves as an important reminder of the global efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day 2023: Inception to red ribbon symbol, interesting facts about this day EAI
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First Published Dec 1, 2023, 7:15 AM IST

World AIDS Day serves as a reminder of the importance of continued efforts to raise awareness, support those affected, combat stigma, and work towards achieving an HIV-free generation through education, prevention, and access to proper healthcare and treatment. Here are some interesting facts about World AIDS Day:

Inception

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988 after being conceived by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.

Red Ribbon Symbol

The red ribbon has become the universal symbol of support and solidarity for people living with HIV/AIDS. It was created in 1991 by a group of artists in New York to serve as a symbol of awareness and compassion for those affected by the disease.

Global Observance

World AIDS Day is observed worldwide and is a key opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Communities, organizations, governments, and individuals come together to raise awareness, show support for those living with HIV/AIDS, and remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

Theme-Based Campaigns

Each year, World AIDS Day has a specific theme that focuses on various aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and support. These themes aim to address current challenges and priorities in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS Statistics

Despite significant progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the disease remains a global health challenge. According to UNAIDS, as of 2021, there were approximately 37.7 million people living with HIV globally, with millions still needing access to treatment, care, and support.

Progress and Challenges

Over the years, there have been remarkable advancements in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, including the development of antiretroviral therapies (ARTs) that have significantly improved the quality of life for people living with HIV. However, stigma, discrimination, and access to healthcare continue to pose challenges in effectively addressing the epidemic.

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