Today, is the 22nd World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year. AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

The theme of this year’s day is “Act Aware & Do Something”. ACT AWARE is about taking action. It’s about making commitments to help improve understanding about HIV, prevent HIV transmission and stop prejudice. No matter who or where you are, your actions could make a real difference in stopping the spread of HIV and ending HIV prejudice. There are many ways in which you can do something to make a difference.

Wearing a red ribbon is a great way to raise awareness about HIV as well as to break down stigma and prejudice, so make sure you get yours in time for World AIDS Day!


World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be 1 December, 1988.

World AIDS Day Theme:

World Aids Day Theme From 1988 to 2010
World Aids Day Theme 2010 “Act Aware”
World Aids Day Theme 2009 “Universal Access and Human Rights”
World Aids Day Theme 2008 “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Lead – Empower – Deliver”
World Aids Day Theme 2007 “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Leadership”
World Aids Day Theme 2006 “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Accountability”
World Aids Day Theme 2005 “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise”
World Aids Day Theme 2004 “Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS”
World Aids Day Theme 2003 “AIDS and Research”
World Aids Day Theme 2002 “Stigma and Discrimination”
World Aids Day Theme 2001 “I care. Do you?”
World Aids Day Theme 2000 “AIDS: Men Make a Difference”
World Aids Day Theme 1999 “Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People
World Aids Day Theme 1998 “Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People”
World Aids Day Theme 1997 “Children Living in a World with AIDS”
World Aids Day Theme 1996 “One World. One Hope”
World Aids Day Theme 1995 “Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities”
World Aids Day Theme 1994 “AIDS and the Family”
World Aids Day Theme 1993 “Act”
World Aids Day Theme 1992 “Community Commitment”
World Aids Day Theme 1991 “Sharing AIDS”
World Aids Day Theme 1990 “Women with AIDS”
World Aids Day Theme 1989 “Youth”
World Aids Day Theme 1988 “Communication”

World AIDS Day Quotes

“We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Herman Melville

“Prejudice is the child of ignorance.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by William Hazlitt

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Anne Frank

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Sydney Smith

“Started in 1988, World AIDS Day is not just about raising money, but also about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.  World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by, 2006

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Dr. Seuss

“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Norman B. Rice

“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Elizabeth Taylor

“AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences:  suicide.  Or murder.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Susan Sontag

“If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Arabian Proverb

“The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.”
– World Aids Day Quotes by Nikolai Lenin

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.


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