World AIDS Day 2012
World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1 - see the calendar of World AIDS Day Events in Minnesota. This worldwide effort is designed to: encourage public support and programming to prevent the spread of HIV infection; provide awareness and education about HIV/AIDS; and demonstrate compassion for those infected or affected by HIV.
World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988 after a summit of health ministers from around the world called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS. In 1996, UNAIDS was created to unite 6 global agencies in their response to HIV/AIDS. Today, UNAIDS has designated the organization, World AIDS Campaign, to oversee World AIDS Day. Every five years, the World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee selects a theme for World AIDS Day with input from civil society, organizations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response.
- World AIDS Day Events Calendar
- How to Plan World AIDS Day Events
AIDS Day Photo Gallery
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: February 7
- National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10
- National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 20
- National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: May 19
- National HIV Testing Day: June 27
- National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: October 15
- African World AIDS Day: December 5
1988… Talk about HIV/AIDS
1990… Women and AIDS
1991… Sharing the Challenge
1992… Community Commitment
1993… Time to Act
1994… AIDS and Families
1995… Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
1996… One World, One Hope
1997… Children Living in a World With AIDS
1998… Young People Can Be a Force for Change
1999… AIDS-Ending the Silence: Listen, Learn, Live
2000… AIDS-Men Make a Difference
2001… I Care, Do You?
2002… Stigma and Discrimination: Live and Let Live
2003… Stigma and Discrimination: Live and Let Live
2004… Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS
2005-2010… Stop AIDS. Keep the promise.
2011 – 2015…Getting to Zero
World AIDS Day Purpose and Theme
World AIDS Day on December 1st draws people together from around the world in solidarity to pay tribute to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS, raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS, and celebrate victories that are allowing more people to live longer and healthier lives.
The World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee has selected the theme, “Getting to Zero,” for the annual World AIDS Day observances, 2011 – 2015. The theme is about reducing new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS related deaths to zero through increased advances and equal access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care.
Since the first cases of AIDS were reported in 1981, infection with HIV has grown to pandemic proportions, resulting in an estimated 60 million infections and over 25 million deaths.
2.7 million infected in 2010 (7,400 per day)
United States (reported as of 12/31/10 by CDC):
December 1 has been proclaimed as World AIDS Day
in Minnesota. As AIDS and HIV continue to be a major public health concern
here in Minnesota and worldwide, the Governor has joined the worldwide
effort in battling the pandemic. A proclamation declaring Minnesota's
observance is provided.
The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic: A Timeline of Key Milestones is designed to serve as an ongoing reference tool for many of the political, scientific, cultural and community events that have occurred over the history of the epidemic.
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