World AIDS Day 2017: An Event To Raise Awareness Of HIV And AIDS
December 4, 2017 12:27
On December 1st of every year, several organizations and individuals honor the World AIDS Day, an event aimed at raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
History of Worlds AIDS Day
The idea was first conceived in 1987 by two officials of the Global Programme on AIDS (now UNAIDS) at the World Health Organization in Switzerland, namely James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter. After it was approved, the first World AIDS Day was observed on December 1st, 1988. The date was chosen because Bunn felt it would receive wider coverage as it preceded the Christmas holidays.
In the beginning, the theme was focused on kids and youths. At the time, most people were more interested in how much this disease affects young people and how they can help alleviate some of the stigma attached to the condition.