World AIDS Day is an international day of awareness celebrated on December 1st. It is dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS since its discovery in 1983 and to raising awareness of the continuing pandemic.
World AIDS Day was first celebrated in 1988, shortly after the virus was discovered by French biologist Luc Montagnier. Scientists around the world began to study the virus and discovered that, after entering the bloodstream, it would damage T-lymphocytes, leading to a decrease of the immune system’s ability to fight off even mild infections. The exact origin of the virus remains unknown, although it is believed to have originated from monkeys in West Africa.
- HIV/AIDS dies instantly outside the human body.
- There is no cure for HIV/AIDS.
- With proper treatment, HIV/AIDS can become a chronic condition.
- Unprotected sexual contact is the most common way of transmission.
- HIV positive people can have children without passing on the virus.
How to take part
- Learn more about the disease, and help spread accurate information.
- Reach out to people with HIV/AIDS to learn about their lives and experiences.
- Wear a red ribbon in solidarity.
- Donate to organizations fighting against the disease.
When is World AIDS Day celebrated in 2023?
World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year.