December 1st Marks World AIDS Day

It’s World AIDS Day. Every year, since 1988, December 1st has been designated an international day for raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and for mourning those who have died of the disease. The symbol of World AIDS Day is the red ribbon. The theme for World AIDS Day 2017 is My Health, My Right’.

On a national scale, the Public Health Agency of Canada estimated that 65,040 Canadians were living with HIV in 2014, of whom an estimated 52,220 were diagnosed. This means that an estimated 20% of people in Canada with HIV are undiagnosed and unaware they are living with HIV.

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