Official Website: http://www.worldaidsday.org
Theme: Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
While many in the US live with HIV as a chronic disease, most of the world is not so fortunate to have access to health services that support and care for infected people. There is a lot of stigma associated with being tested for HIV.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 13-64 be tested for HIV at least once. Take the Test. Take Control. Too many people don’t know they have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). More than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, but 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected. June 27 is Get Tested National HIV Testing Day. In June 2012 was the 20th national testing day [http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HIVtesting/index.html].