World AIDS Day has become sadly special.Tradition since 1988, 1st December is a day for bringing messages of compassion, hope, solidarity and understanding about AIDS to every country in the world.
In January 1988, a call to open channels of communication, strengthen the exchange of information and experience and forge a spirit of social tolerance towards AIDS came forth from the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention.
Since then, World AIDS Day has received the support of the World Health Assembly, the United Nations system, and governments, communities and individuals around the world.
The first World AIDS Campaign took place in 1997 to emphasise that AIDS is not just a cause for concern one day of each year. So the World AIDS Campaign now starts early each year and culminates on World AIDS Day on December 1st.
It is special. Because, each year, it is the only International day of co-ordinated action against AIDS.
The theme for World Aids Day changes every year.
This year, 2001 says, " I care. Do you?"
The other themes over this decade have been:
2000 AIDS : Men make a difference
1999 Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children and Young People
1998 Force For Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
1997 Children Living in a World with AIDS
1996 One World, One Hope
1995 Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
1994 AIDS and the Family
1993 Time to Act
1992 Community Commitment
1991 Sharing the Challenge
1990 Women & AIDS
The Red Ribbon
The Red Ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around world AIDS day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.