World AIDS Day is an International day held on 1st December annually on worldwide to raises awareness of the AIDS prevalent caused by the spread of HIV infection and to commemorate people who have died of this disease. It is an opportunity for People around the world to fights against HIV and to show support for people who live with this disease. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, and it was first started in 1988.
History of World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day first originated in August 1987 James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, the two public information officers at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland for the Global Program on AIDS. These two officers took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann a Director of the Global Program on AIDS, he like the idea and with the permission of Director of the Global Program on AIDS, the World AIDS Day should be observed on 1st December 1988. In its first two years, the theme of this day is to be focused on children and young people. In 1997, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) had started the World AIDS campaign to focus on yearly-round communications, prevention, and education. The World AIDS campaign is becoming an independent organization, in 2004. Its aim is to finish the AIDS.
More than 100,000 people are living in the UK with HIV. Globally, there are about more than 36 million people are suffered from this disease. From 1984 virus only being identified, and over 40 million people are died by HIV/AIDS, and it one of the major global public health problem in history.
What do People do?
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people to show sympathy with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Government and non-government organizations, health officials, and other individuals support this day by organizing several activities to educating people on AIDS prevention and control. In these include media Campaigns and talk shows programs and with greeting messages for patients who had HIV. World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns decided by the World Health Organization along with seven others. All the World AIDS Day Campaigns focus on a specific theme chosen by UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, and national and international agencies to the prevention, treatment, and care of HIV/AIDS.
Is it a Public Holiday?
The United Nation’s World AIDS Day is an annual observance, and it is not a public holiday. Public life is not affected by this.
Each year, about 5,000 people in the UK and about millions of people around the world are suffered from HIV, and people do not know about the facts that how to protect themselves and others from this disease. Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment to protect people who are living with HIV. We are thanks to new improved “antiretroviral treatment” in many countries of the world who decreased the death rate of AIDS. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the people and government that HIV has not gone away and there is a vital need to increase raises awareness, fight prejudices and improve education. Most people promote this day by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon.