World Aids Day has been recognized on December 1st since 1988. This day was set aside as a global health day for the nation of the world to unite and show their support for the fight against HIV and AIDS. On this day organizations take time to show support for the people living with HIV and those who have died from AIDS-related illness.
Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most devastating pandemics in history.
So as the holiday season approaches, most of us will preoccupy ourselves with shopping lists, vacations, and other festive preparations. Let’s not forget to remember those who are surviving not just for this day but all month long.