36th Anniversary of World AIDS Day: Reflecting on Progress and Ongoing Challenges in HIV/AIDS Fight


FILE - A woman dances as she listens to music while attending a World AIDS Day commemoration at Nkosi's Haven in Johannesburg on Nov. 30, 2019 on the eve of World AIDS Day. AIDS experts said Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023 that an African-based company will start producing vaginal rings that protect against HIV within the next few years, potentially offering millions of women across the continent a cheap way to reduce their risk. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
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Today is World AIDS Day. Every year on December 1, the world unites to observe World AIDS Day — a solemn yet hopeful occasion that serves as a reminder of the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS and a call to action to support those affected by this global pandemic.

The inception of World AIDS Day traces back to December 1, 1988, making this year its 36th anniversary. Conceived by the World Health Organization (WHO), the day was established to raise awareness, commemorate those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, and show solidarity with individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

As we mark this day in the calendar, it’s crucial to reflect on the progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. However, challenges persist, including disparities in access to healthcare, persistent stigma, and the need for continued advocacy to eradicate the disease.

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