You have probably seen people wearing a red ribbon on their lapel. The red ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS.
December 1 is World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year. World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
The World AIDS Day observance began in 1987 as a way to draw public attention to the rapid spread of the disease.
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007. An estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history.
The AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.
Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day.
The Obama administration on Saturday marked World AIDS Day with optimism that the fight against AIDS can be won.
December 1 marks the 25th time the world has observed the victims of AIDS and to renew efforts to end the dreadful disease.
In observation of World AIDS Day, a huge red ribbon has been placed on the north entrance to the White House. (See photo on the left).
The administration says that it is now possible to foresee a generation free of AIDS.
President Obama said in a statement released this week:
“This Saturday, December 1st, on World AIDS Day, we will come together as a global community to stand with people affected by HIV/AIDS, to remember those we have lost, and to renew our commitment to ending the pandemic once and for all. We have made great strides in combating this disease, and an AIDS-free generation is within sight.”
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Service Secretary also agrees that the fight is being won.
That is indeed good news.