AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on first of December. AIDS is the acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a disease which interests the human immune system and which is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
AIDS Awareness Day is meant to raise awareness of the big number of people killed every year by this destructive virus. HIV weakens the immune system, thus the body’s ability to fight against certain infections and cancers is extremely reduced. AIDS Awareness Day tries to draw an alarm signal, so that more people get engaged in helping AIDS sufferers. HIV is easily spread through unprotected sexual intercourse, injections, infected blood, but also during childbirth or breastfeeding. The main purpose of AIDS Awareness Day is to inform and promote prevention measurements.
In order to mark AIDS Awareness Day, hundreds of activities take place all around the world on 1st of December. Memorials, art shows, candlelight vigils or religious services are hold in honor of people who have died from AIDS. If you want to take your awareness, start by wearing the red ribbon, which is the international symbol of AIDS. This is worn by individuals all around the world in order to show their support or commitment for AIDS Awareness Day.
World AIDS Day was conceived in 1987 and celebrated for the first time one year later. Ever since 1988, various HIV prevention projects were developed, but AIDS is still very common among people of all nationalities and cultures. These programs still need much improvement, and one of the easiest ways to sustain and promote them is to become actively involved in AIDS Awareness Day.
Statistics regarding HIV spreading are alarming, as they show that more than 25 million people have died of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome since 1981. So don’t hesitate the next time you have the opportunity to take your awareness! It’s much easier to prevent HIV spreading than to treat it, and it surely doesn’t cost you anything to get involved this year, on AIDS Awareness Day!