World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st around the world. Since December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day is a day to honor the millions who have died of AIDS but also for the future generations. This day is also an opportunity for people to worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, raise awareness and celebrate the victories such as: increased access to care and prevention services.
The theme for this year and through 2015 is Getting to Zero. The theme is about Getting to Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are 34 million people living with HIV around the world. In 2010, 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus including 390,000 children. Despite a decline in the estimated AIDS-related deaths, there were still an estimated 1.8 million AIDS-related deaths in 2010.
World AIDS Day is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away. There are still many things to be done. On December 1 and every day, DO SOMETHING! Get inspired, Get educated and most importantly, Get tested!