About the Day

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day (WAD) is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. WAD, organized by The National AIDS Trust, increases awareness of the dangers of HIV and AIDS, including the challenges finding a cure, efforts to prevent the disease and the obstacles faced by those living with the virus.

The Facts

In 2007, the estimated number of persons living with HIV worldwide was 33.2 million and there were 2.1 million AIDS deaths.