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World AIDS Day began Dec. 1, 1988, and continues to be recognized annually each December. The day raises awareness about the disease and how it’s spread and explores the stigma attached to it. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the final stage of HIV infection, which compromises the human immune system.
“In the absence of a cure or vaccine, the only hope of tackling HIV is to educate people on how to avoid contracting the virus in the first place – or passing it on if they are HIV positive,” said Vanessa Green, Group Head, Living with HIV at Standard Chartered.
Worldwide, 33.4 million people were living with HIV in 2008, up slightly from 2007. The increased availability of treatment allows more people with the infection to live longer and may account for the increase. Children still account for 2.1 million of people living with HIV.