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World AIDS Day today

The United Nations’ (UN) World AIDS Day will be observed today across the world, including Turkey and U.S., to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.

The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

Between 2011-2015, World AIDS Day will have the theme of ‘Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths’. The World AIDS Campaign’s focus on ‘Zero AIDS-related deaths’ signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now.

It is a call to honour promises like the Abuja declaration and for African governments to at least hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV.

World AIDS Day is the focal point of the World AIDS Campaign, which is active all year round. On December 1, there are many health education campaigns that promote the day. Anti-discrimination activities are also launched on or around this date.