01 de Diciembre
The idea of dedicating a day to the fight against AIDS began with the World Summit of Health Secretaries in 1988 as a part of AIDS prevention programs. Since then, the day has been observed by governments, international organizations, and social services throughout the world. The date December 1 was selected because the first case of AIDS was diagnosed on that day in 1981.
The red ribbon was created by the group Visual AIDS Artist in New York in 1991; the members of this group have preferred to remain anonymous and gave up the copyright to the image, allowing it to be reproduced for free. Today it is an international symbol of the effort to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. While it was created to serve as an insignia, today it is used in a variety of ways; each time it is worn, people all over the world are able to demonstrate their solidarity and support of those affected by HIV, the sick, and those who have died or are concerned with someone suffering from the disease. In 1996, the UN World Programme for HIV/AIDS incorporated it as a part of its official trademark.
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people throughout the work, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in history. However, there have been improvements according to the UN, as AIDS-related deaths was 1.7 million in 2011, lower than 2.3 million in 2005. In 2011, even though more than 8 million people had access anti-retroviral treatment (representating an increase of 20% in just one year), in 2010-2011 there were regions across the world where access to these treatments were highly restricted as a result of high costs.