December 1, 2012 will mark the 24th Anniversary of the first World AIDS Day—a day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. According to the World AIDS Campaign website, “this year’s World AIDS Day is about “Getting to Zero” by 2015 – Zero AIDS Related Deaths, Zero New Infections and Zero Discrimination. The current facts:
- More than 25 million people have died from AIDS and complications from HIV infection. Although rates of new infections have decreased by 20 percent since 2001, an estimated 2.5 million people contracted HIV in 2011.