World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an annual commemoration to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic around the world. AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection has become one of the most destructive epidemics in the world’s recorded history. To commemorate World AIDS Day, government and health officials in many countries usually give speeches or hold forums with AIDS as the main topic.

Date of World AIDS Day

When is World AIDS Day 2013?
World AIDS Day 2013 falls on Sunday, 1 December 2013.

When is World AIDS Day 2013?
World AIDS Day 2013 falls on Sunday, 1 December 2013.

Origin of World AIDS Day

In August 1987, two officials from the Global Programme of AIDS James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter promoted the idea to commemorate World AIDS Day. It was then suggested that the first World AIDS Day should be observed on 1 December 1988. The date was chosen since it was long enough after the US election in 1988 and soon enough before the Christmas holiday. There was no particular news on December 1, thus, it was considered as the perfect timing for commemorating World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day 2012 Celebration

Most countries all over the world celebrate World AIDS Day by conducting speeches and counseling about AIDS, HIV distribution, HIV prevention, HIV treatment, and the sufferers. Since 1996 until recently, the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has been taking over the planning and promotion of the World AIDS Day as well as determining theme and slogan for the commemoration.

World AIDS Day theme for year 2011 until 2015 is “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths“. The last sentence – Zero AIDS related deaths – becomes the focus of World AIDS Day Campaign with the purpose of pushing towards more and better treatment for the sufferers and calling for governments to act towards HIV/AIDS now.

Happy World AIDS Day 2013.