WORLD AIDS DAY: DECEMBER 1, 2014

WORLD AIDS DAY

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) World AIDS Day is annually observed on December 1.

Local names

Name Language
World AIDS Day English
Día Mundial del SIDA Spanish
יום האיידס העולמי Hebrew
يوم الإيدز العالمي Arabic
세계 에이즈의 날 Korean
Welt-AIDS-Tag German

World AIDS Day 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

World AIDS Day 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The United Nations’ (UN) World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year to honor AIDS victims. It also focuses on issues surrounding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome).

A simple red ribbon is one of the most widely recognized symbols of HIV and AIDS.

©iStockphoto.com/Jill Chen

What do people do?

World AIDS Day is the focal point of the World AIDS Campaign, which is active all year round. On December 1, there are many health education campaigns that promote the day. Anti-discrimination activities are also launched on or around this date.

Many people hold events on World AIDS Day to remember people died of AIDS-related conditions. One example is an AIDS Memorial Quilt project, which allows friends and family members of a deceased AIDS sufferer to construct quilt panels, which are then exhibited throughout the United States.

Public life

World AIDS Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

AIDS stands for “acquired immune deficiency syndrome” or “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome” and denotes a condition, which results from the damage done by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) to the immune system. The condition was first identified in 1981 and the name “AIDS” was first introduced on July 27, 1982.

HIV can only be transmitted between people through direct contact of a mucous membrane or the blood stream with a bodily fluid. Hence, there has been a lot of stigma around the spread of HIV and people living with HIV and AIDS. It has been estimated that around 33 million people around the world have been infected with HIV and that around two million people die from AIDS related conditions each year. On October 27, 1988, the UN General Assembly officially recognized that the World Health Organization declared December 1, 1988, to be World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day has also been observed on this date each year since then.

Symbols

A simple red ribbon is one of the most widely recognized symbols of HIV and AIDS and the people who live with these conditions. The symbol was presented by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus in 1991. The individuals in this group wished to remain anonymous, keep the image copyright free and create a symbol to raise consciousness of HIV and AIDS. The red ribbon was originally intended to be worn as a badge, but is now used in a wide variety of ways.

The symbol of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS consists of the word “UNAIDS”. The letters “U” and “N” are in black and the rest of letters are in red. To the left of the word ‘UNAIDS’ is a red ribbon superimposed on the symbol of the United Nations. This symbol is shown in black and consists of a projection of the globe centered on the North Pole surrounded by olive branches.

The symbol of the World AIDS Campaign consists of a sketched image of a red ribbon and the words “world aids campaign”. The words “world” and “campaign” are in black and the word “aids” is in red. The ends of the ribbon merge into splashes of green, blue, purple and orange. The splashes of color can be interpreted in a variety of ways, and often indicate the diversity of people living with HIV and AIDS.

World AIDS Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sat Dec 1 1990 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 1 1991 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 1 1992 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Wed Dec 1 1993 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 1 1994 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Fri Dec 1 1995 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 1 1996 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Mon Dec 1 1997 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 1 1998 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Wed Dec 1 1999 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Fri Dec 1 2000 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sat Dec 1 2001 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 1 2002 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Mon Dec 1 2003 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Wed Dec 1 2004 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 1 2005 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Fri Dec 1 2006 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sat Dec 1 2007 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Mon Dec 1 2008 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 1 2009 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Wed Dec 1 2010 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 1 2011 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sat Dec 1 2012 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 1 2013 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Mon Dec 1 2014 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 1 2015 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 1 2016 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Fri Dec 1 2017 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sat Dec 1 2018 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 1 2019 World AIDS Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 1 2020 World AIDS Day United Nations observance

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s