1st December: World AIDS Day
Every year on 1st December World Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day is being observed to raise awareness of the pandemic caused by the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
It also seeks to remember those who have died of the disease by mourning. The theme for year 2015 is ‘Getting to zero, End AIDS by 2030‘.
Government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health officials and individuals around the world observe the day and often spread awareness and education on AIDS prevention and control.
Background: World Health Organization (WHO) had designated 1st December as World AIDS Day in 1987. Since then it is observed annually and is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the WHO.
Common reasons for getting infected with AIDS
- Unprotected sex with an infected person.
- During pregnancy from mother to child or even breastfeeding.
- Through transfusion of blood.
- Using of hypodermic needles of infected person to other person.