World AIDS Day is observed on December 1st every year. It’s a special day to support all the people living with HIV and to remember those who passed away from AIDS-related illnesses. Every year there is a particular theme for this day, and the theme for this year (2023) is “Let Communities Lead.” This message is not just for one day but is part of many activities. It starts in November, includes a report release named after the theme, peaks on December 1st, and goes on throughout the month.
This day started in the year 1988 and was the first global health day. On this particular day, groups like the United Nations, governments, and different organizations work together on themes related to HIV. People from across the globe do various activities to spread awareness. Many people wear a red ribbon as a sign of support and unity for those living with HIV/AIDS. Those people living with HIV talk about issues that matter to them. Different groups and organizations work to support communities with AIDS. They try to collect funds for those living with HIV/AIDS. Many events are also held to show the current situation with AIDS.
World AIDS Day is still very important. It reminds us that HIV is still a problem. We need more funds for AIDS work and more awareness about HIV’s impact to stop unfair treatment and improve the lives of people with HIV.