World AIDS Day!

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WORLD AIDS DAY

World AIDS Day is celebrated annually on December 1.

There are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus globally. The virus was first identified in 1984 and since then more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS.

In 2015, the theme for World AIDS Day is: The Time to Act is Now. This theme looks to the future and the progress being made both scientifically and socially to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

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HISTORY

First conceived by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, World AIDS Day has been dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic since December 1, 1988. Bunn and Netter brought the idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, who approved the concept.