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World AIDS Day observed on 1 December

Dec 1, 2013 10:01 IST

World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December 2013 across the globe to raise awareness about the HIV/ AIDS.

The theme for the year 2013 is: Getting to Zero

•HIV/AIDS remains a major global issue, having claimed more than 36 million lives so far since the discovery of the virus more than 20 years ago.

•According to the World Health Organisation, there were approximately 35.3 million people living with HIV in 2012.

•Since the inception of World AIDS Day in 1988, it has been observed on 1st December every year with different themes.

•The theme for this year is “Getting to Zero”- means zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

•The theme will be repeated until 2015, focusing on “Zero AIDS Related Deaths” as well as pushing towards better access to treatment for all.

World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

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