WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY?
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
WHY IS THIS DAY IMPORTANT?
India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world and Over 2.1 million of people are living with HIV in the country. Over the past decade, India has made significant progress in tackling its HIV epidemic, especially in comparison with other countries in the region. A major reason for the country’s success has been the sustained commitment of the Indian government through its National AIDS Control Programme, which has been particularly effective at targeting high-risk groups such as MSM, sex workers and PWID. World AIDS Day is important because we need to fight the unjust behaviour deriving from unfounded opinions, we need to raise money, increase awareness and improve education.
WHAT SHOULD I DO ON WORLD AIDS DAY?
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this. You can find out out where you can get a red ribbon. World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money and show your support for people living with HIV. If you feel inspired to hold an event, such as a bake sale, or simply sell red ribbons, visit genuine fundraising organisations.