World AIDS Day has been on 1 December since 1988, and was set up to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. It is promoted by the United Nations, and Governments and Charities across the world, including in the UK. The red ribbon is the globally recognised symbol of World AIDS Day.
AIDS has killed over 25 million people in the last 30 years, with more than that number currently living with the virus. The HIV virus is no longer considered life threatening thanks to medical advancements in drugs and treatment, although most people will be on medication for life, and they may find it takes longer to recover from other illnesses such as the common cold.
The 2013 theme as the previous two years is “Getting to Zero”, part of a five year campaign to stop the number of new infections. Each year’s World AIDS Day theme is chosen by the World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee, who choose it after extensive consultation with people, organisations and government agencies involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS around the world. From 2005 to 2010, the theme was “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.”, with a yearly sub-theme. This overarching theme was designed to encourage political leaders to keep their commitment to achieve universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support throughout the year, and not just in December.
Better2Know will for the third year running be supporting the Terrence Higgins Trust in the UK by making a donation for each HIV test booked, on its own or as part of a screen to the Trust during the two weeks around World AIDS Day.
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