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World AIDS Day, which was first founded in 1988 happens on 1st December every year.  On this day people worldwide demonstrate their support for people living with HIV and also to remember those who have passed on from AIDS-related sickness.


Since the virus was first being identified in 1984, more than 36 million people have died of HIV or AIDS.  Many people still do not know how to adequately protect themselves from this virus.  For the people living with this condition, social stigma and discrimination are very real.


World AIDS Day serves as a reminder to everyone that HIV has not gone away and there is still a need to increase awareness and to further educate people about prevention & control and also to fight prejudice.


Some people show support for this day by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon.