Why World AIDS Day is Observed

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

World AIDS Day is observed on the 1st of December every year with an aim to fight against HIV and show our support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about AIDS.

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?
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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

The first World AIDS Day was observed in the year 1988, and it was the first global health day.

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?
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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. The epidemic was first identified in the year 1981, and the name AIDS was given on 27 July 1982.

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, first came about with the idea of celebrating World AIDS Day.

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which directly attacks the immune system of the human body.

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

A simple red ribbon is the recognised symbol of HIV and AIDS. Visual AIDS Artists Caucus presented the symbol of the red ribbon in 1991. The ribbon was initially intended to be worn as a badge, but now it is used in a variety of ways.

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

 If you wear a red ribbon on World AIDS Day, it demonstrates that we are aware about the epidemic, care for people who are affected by it and will take every measure to root it out from the world.

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

Every year, the theme of World AIDS Day is chosen by the World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee after consulting with various people and organisations.

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?

Renowned Indian HIV physician Dr Kutikuppala Surya Rao created the world's largest ribbon in 2008. Every year, many World AIDS Day events take place across the country and around the world to raise awareness and to support people living with HIV. 

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Why World AIDS Day is Observed?
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