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World AIDS Day :: December 1 every year

World AIDS Day :: December 1 every yearDecember | Tuesday | 01, 2015 :: World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

World AIDS Day is one of the 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. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be on December 1, 1988. Bunn, a former television broadcast journalist from San Francisco, had recommended the date of December 1 that believing it would maximize coverage of World AIDS Day by western news media, sufficiently long following the US elections but before the Christmas holidays.

World AIDS Day Themes

2015       On the fast track to end AIDS

2014       Close the gap

2013       Zero Discrimination

2012       Together we will end AIDS

2011       Getting to Zero

2010       Universal Access and 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

2003       Stigma and Discrimination

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 Commitment

1991       Sharing the Challenge

1990       Women and AIDS

1989       Youth

1988       Communication

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