TNPSC GK - World AIDS Day - December 1, 2017 - Notes

World AIDS Day - December 1, 2017
TNPSC Current Affairs GK Today: World AIDS Day - December 1, 2017 - Notes
TNPSC Current Affairs GK Today: World AIDS Day - December 1, 2017 - Notes

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. 
  • Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.
Red Ribbon is the Global Symbol 
The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS.

2017 World AIDS Day Theme: 
  • My Health, My Right
AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus 

Global HIV Statistics
  • 19.5 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2016.
  • 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2016.
  • 1.8 million [1.6 million–2.1 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2016.
  • 1 million [830 000–1.2 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016.
  • 76.1 million [65.2 million–88.0 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
  • 35.0 million [28.9 million–41.5 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.
  • In 2016, there were 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people living with HIV.

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