World AIDS Day

Date: 1 December

Organized By:UN, WHO

Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


World AIDS Day is observed annually on 1 December to focus on issues surrounding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). Also this Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

World AIDS day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Program on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. World AIDS Day was first observed on 1 December 1988.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational in 1996, and it took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day.  World AIDS Campaign became an independent organization in 2004.

This Day is observed every year with a theme chosen by World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee after extensive consultation with people, organizations and government agencies involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, and World Hepatitis Day.

This day is observed to give more knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS. By this knowledge (how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today) one can take care of their own health and the health of others, and ensure to treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding.

Actions and Programs

World AIDS Day is observed by Governments, health officials, government and non government organizations, institutes, and workers with different programs. Some of the programs include speeches, rallies, meetings, forums, discussions, workshops, etc.

On this day people wear red ribbon which is an international symbol of AIDS awareness to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS as well as to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. The red ribbon is a symbol of awareness, solidarity and a reminder of those we have lost.

A campaign called Getting to Zero was started in the year 2011 focusing on achieving 3 targets: Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths.


2016: Hands up for #HIVprevension

2015: On the fast track to end AIDS

2014: Close the Gap

2013: Zero Descrimination

2012: Together we will end AIDS

2011: Getting to Zero

2010: Universal Access & Human Rights

2009: Universal Access and Human Rights

2008: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Lead – Empower – Deliver

2007: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Leadership

2006: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Accountability

2005: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise

2004: Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS

2002: Stigma and Discrimination

2001: I Care. Do you?

2000: AIDS: Men Make a Difference

1999: Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People

1998: Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People

1997: Children Living in a World with AIDS

1996: One World. One Hope

1995: Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities

1994: AIDS and the Family

1993: Act

1992: Community Coomitment

1991: Sharing the Challenge

1990: Women and AIDS

1989: Youth

1988: Communication



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