Some important things related to World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on 1 December. World AIDS Day was first conceived in the month of August in 1987 by Thomas Netter and James W. Bunn. Thomas Netter and James W. Bunn were both public information officers for the AIDS Global Program at the WHO (World Health Organisation) Geneva, Switzerland. They shared their ideas of AIDS Day with Dr. Jonathan Mann (Director of AIDS Global Programme), who approved this idea and started celebrating 1st of December as World AIDS Day in the year 1988. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. World AIDS Day aims to raise awareness about AIDS, a disease caused by HIV infection. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. It is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about this pandemic & encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment & care around the world. It is the time for people around the world to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. World AIDS Day may be once a year, but you can still support people living with HIV all year round.

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