December 1st is World AIDS Day an opportunity for people around the globe to unite in the fight against HIV and show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. There are an estimated 36.7 million people around the world who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment and there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand more about the condition but people still do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and the stigma and discrimination remains a reality for many people living with the condition. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away and there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. You can show your support today by rocking the red ribbon which is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV or make a donation through the National Aids Trust. The CN Tower and many other landmarks world wide will be lit red tonight to show their support.
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— CN Tower/La Tour CN (@TourCNTower) December 1, 2018