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Today we celebrate World AIDS Day. This is an opportunity for people the world over to join hands and unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS, to pledge support to those who live with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS. Held for the first time in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first global health day.

The red ribbon is the international symbol of HIV awareness.(© All Rights Reserved)

The red ribbon is the international symbol of HIV awareness.
(© All Rights Reserved)

While the focus on HIV and AIDS has become less public over the past couple of years, the fact is that it is still very much part of life in the 21st century. Many advances have been made in HIV treatment, laws have been put in place to protect those living with HIV, and much more is known about the condition. Yet millions of people still do not adequately protect themselves, and discrimination against those living with HIV remain rife. World AIDS Day is there to remind us that HIV and AIDS have not gone away, and that there is still a need for funding of research, for awareness creation and for improved education.

To test how aware and clued up you are about HIV, the World AIDS Day initiative has created an online quiz. Try it – you may be surprised at the results! If you find you scored lower than expected, you can always learn more here.

Show your support, wear a red ribbon, and make sure that you know the facts. The more you know and understand about HIV, the better equipped you will be to take care of your own health and the health of those around you.

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