World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. It was initiated by Health ministers from around the world. World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. On this day, people from around the world a re encouraged to educate themselves about the reality of HIV/AIDS. More importantly, it also calls upon governments to keep the commitments they have made to fight the deadly disease. World AIDS Day is iimportant for reminding people that HIV has not gone away and that there are many things still to be done. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.3 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2009, some 2.9 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 1.8 million people died from AIDS. The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women, and children on all continets around the world.
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