December.1: Tuesday is World AIDS Day, a day to remember those lost to the disease and call attention to the fact that the epidemic is not over, with an estimated 36.9 million people living with HIV or AIDS worldwide.
This year's theme, "The Time to Act Is Now," calls on the world to act with urgency to implement the latest high-impact, evidence-based HIV prevention strategies.
Currently, an estimated 36.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Recent scientific breakthroughs now point the way to achieving an AIDS-free generation, a goal championed by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address.
Global efforts have resulted in approximately 13.5 million persons in low-income and middle-income countries receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection in 2014, an increase from 2013. Globally, more than 15 million people are on ART.
The day is being observed on December 1 every year since 1988 providing an opportunity to draw attention to the HIV epidemic around the world.
The day is associated with the red ribbon, an instantly recognisable symbol.
People wear the ribbon to express support for the awareness and show solidarity with people who are living with AIDS.