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World AIDS Day, observed on December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Community Health Charities joins amfAR this year in raising awareness of this serious health issue.
• An estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, yet one out of five don’t know it. Worldwide, 33 million people live with HIV/AIDS – 2.5 million of them are under the age of 15.
• Since the start of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 600,000 have died of AIDS. Worldwide, more than 60 million have contracted HIV and nearly 30 million have died of HIV related causes.
• Every day more than 7,000 people contract HIV – that’s nearly 300 every hour.
AIDS is a condition that results from damage done to the human immune system by HIV. It affects tens of millions of people around the world. The United Nations' (UN) World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year to honor the victims of the AIDS pandemic and to focus attention on the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS-related conditions.
HIV can only be transmitted between people through direct contact of a mucous membrane or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid. Hence, there has been a lot of stigma around the spread of HIV and people living with HIV and AIDS. It has been estimated that around 33 million people around the world have been infected with HIV and that around two million people die from AIDS-related conditions each year. On October 27, 1988, the UN General Assembly officially recognized that the World Health Organization declared December 1, 1988, to be World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day has been observed on this date each year since then.
For more information about HIV/AIDS, please visit www.amfAR.org.
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