- World AIDS Day is observed on the 1st December each year
to raise awareness, end the prejudice associated with the condition and to
show solidarity for persons with HIV
- HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest and
most destructive pandemics of recent times; since 1984 when it was first
described nearly than 35 million have succumbed to the disease worldwide
- Currently there are over 36 million
persons living with HIV infection underscoring the fact that a lot still
needs to be done to keep this scourge under check.
of World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day was initially conceived in
August 1987 and the United Nations approved
1st December 1988 as the first ever World AIDS Day
In 1996, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) came into force and
managed the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day
. The World AIDS
Campaign was introduced in 1997 to focus on year-round education, and
preventive action. It became an independent organization in 2004.
‘AIDS/HIV cannot be wished away – a lot more still needs to be done to end the stigma associated, to educate and extend support for those living with the condition’
Every year on World AIDS Day, the Pope and American
President lead world leaders in issuing proclamations and messages to patients
and doctors all over the world.
AIDS Day 2017 - Campaign, Theme and Events
The UNAIDS has launched the campaign for
Day 2017, "My Health, My Right"
and stresses the
fact that persons all over the world irrespective of age, sex, nationality or
ethnicity have a right to health and
aims to remove the discrimination and bias that exists and the challenges that
daily in exercising their rights.
"All people, regardless of their age,
gender, where they live or who they love, have the right to health," said
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. "No matter what their health needs
are, everyone requires health solutions that are available and accessible, free
from discrimination and of good quality.
Other themes and slogans
being promoted by countries across the world
- Increasing Impact through
Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships
- LET'S END
IT - End isolation, End stigma, End HIV
- World AIDS
Day 2017: Everybody counts.
The common message brought forth focuses on being inclusive,
removing discrimination, education and joining hands in the fight
Under the slogan "Everybody counts", WHO hopes to make
available safe and effective treatment, affordable medicines, diagnostic
testing and other services for everyone while ensuring they are secured against
What we can do to make the World AIDS Day 2017 Mission a Reality
There are many ways in which we can contribute our might in making the event
a grand success and spreading awareness and ending the negative associations
that HIV/AIDS conjures up.
social media such as Facebook and Twitter effectively
to share facts and dispel myths existing about HIV/AIDS. Post the badge
and slogan below on your page and share your message. Use the hashtag
#WAD2017. Better still, you can create your own poster with a catchy
slogan and share it on social media
events in schools and colleges to educate
students about HIV/AIDS and how they can protect themselves
- Organize fundraising events such as sale of tee shirts, logos, red
ribbons, mugs with messages or organizing a baking or sports event in your
community and donating the proceedings to AIDS charity or research
- The red ribbon is the global symbol
of solidarity and support for people living with HIV and awareness. Wearing a red ribbon is a great
way to show our support.
- Doctors and health personnel can offer free HIV screening and display prominent
messages about the condition and dispelling myths about HIV/AIDS.
- Involving the local administration and celebrities to speak about and
promote events in the community
- The media can be actively involved in displaying messages and
carrying advertisements about the condition and resources available to the
people who are affected with the condition
- Distributing leaflets and educational material about HIV/AIDS to the
general public in prominent locations in the neighborhood.
- Important buildings and other
landmarks can display prominent
and messages. In the US, the White House marks
World AIDS Day with a prominent
display of a 28-foot AIDS Ribbon on the building's North Portico since
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
is a virus that affects the Immune system and destroys the capacity of
the immune system to ward off infections and renders the person
susceptible to opportunistic infections and certain
- Key populations or groups who are at
high risk of contracting HIV include: men who have sex with men,
intravenous drug users, people in prisons and other closed settings, transgender
persons, and sex workers and their customers
- HIV infection refers to a person
testing positive for the virus on blood testing i.e. being infected; AIDS
(acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is advanced clinical stage of HIV
infection marked by occurrence of opportunistic infections and/or HIV
- Currently, with advances in
treatment, namely advent of antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV infection is
a manageable longterm illness.
- Between 2000 and 2016, incidence of
new cases fell by 39%, and HIV-related deaths dropped by one third with
over a 13 million lives saved due to ART during the same time. This
achievement has been made possible due to several well-managed and
coordinated national AIDS programmes in partnership with various
governmental and non-governmental organizations.
- However HIV still remains a major
public health concern due to continued risky behavior of persons and no
effective vaccine to prevent the disease in the high risk population.
Newer guidelines to prevent infection in high risk groups are being
actively pursued hoping to bring down the incidence of new cases.
It is hoped that events such as World
AIDS Day and the continued efforts of international organizations and their
partners to create awareness, and ongoing research to find a vaccine or a cure
for the disease will bear fruit sooner than later.
- World AIDS Day 2017: Everybody counts - (http://www.who.int/campaigns/aids-day/2017/event/en/)
- World AIDS Day - (https://www.worldaidsday.org/campaign/lets-end-it)
- UNAIDS launches 2017 World AIDS Day campaign—My Health, My Right - (http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2017/november/20171106_myhealth-myright)
- World AIDS Day #WAD2017 - (https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/world-aids-day)
- World AIDS Day - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_AIDS_Day#History)