World AIDS Day is realized on 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for the people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS related illnesses, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and the government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education on the same. The theme for the 2021 observance is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice”.

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