World AIDS Day | December 1

 Established in 1988 to raise awareness for treatment and prevention of AIDS. It mobilizes people to unite to fight AIDS, and it commemorates the many who died due to AIDS-related disease.

World AIDS Day
Credit: UN Photo/Used with permission
"AIDS is our number one enemy. This enemy can be defeated. While the research for a cure continues, four principles--love, support, acceptance and care for those affected -- can make us winners."
Nelson Mandela

History of World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated each year on December 1st the world over.

It was established in 1988. World AIDS Day raises awareness for treatment and prevention of AIDS, it mobilizes people to unite to fight AIDS, and it commemorates the many who died due to AIDS-related disease.


Gertrude B. Elion

By: Susannah Abbey
Gertrude B. Elion developed the AIDS drug, AZT.

Thembi Ngubane

Thembi Ngubane offered hope to others living with HIV/AIDS.

Nkosi Johnson

Nkosi Johnson was an orphan infected by HIV who spoke out on behalf of children with AIDS.

Clara Hale

By: Jessica from Mississauga, Canada
Clara Hale was foster mother and founder of the Hale House.

Mother Mary

Mother Mary helps Senegalese children and mothers with HIV/AIDS.

Philly Bongole Lutaaya

By: Open Vision Youth Club
Philly Bongole Lutaaya was the first Ugandan to put a human face on AIDS.

Fati Kirakoya

By: Wendy Jewell
Fati Kirakoya is a researcher committed to finding solutions to end HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Zeda Rosenberg

By: David Kemker
Dr. Zeda Rosenberg is working to protect women from HIV/AIDS.

Florence Ngobeni

By: Jerrilyn Jacobs
Florence Ngobeni is an HIV/AIDS educator and Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Helene Gayle

By: Geeta Malik
Helene Gayle is one of the leading authorities on AIDS research.

Freddie Mercury

By: Camellia from San Diego
Freddie Mercury was the memorable lead singer of the band, Queen.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni

By: Wendy Jewell
Hazviperi Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.

Moses Zulu

By: Manyun Melanie Yau from Beirut
Moses Zulu established Children's Town in Zambia to teach AIDS orphans life skills.

Stephen Lewis

By: Ingrid from Peterborough, Canada
Stephen Lewis is a former UN Special Envoy in Africa, established his own AIDS foundation.

Nathaniel Dunigan

By: Kathleen from New London
Nathaniel Dunigan creates hope for Ugandan orphans with HIV/AIDS.

Caitlin Cohen
and the Mali Health
Organizing Project

Thatcher Bailey

By: Addy Borges
Thatcher Bailey opened a housing and health facility for AIDS patients.

Elizabeth Glaser

By: Spencer
Elizabeth Glaser created the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Sir Elton John
By: Rachel from San Diego
Sir Elton John is a successful musician who is also a champion of LGBT and AIDS issues.

David D. Ho

By: Jonathan
David D. Ho discovered a successful way to treat people with AIDS.



By: Members of Umcebo Trust - South Africa

Florence Ngobeni

By: St George Thompson

Nkosi Johnson

By: Saint George
Nkosi Johnson was a South African child with HIV/AIDS, who made a powerful impact on public perceptions of the pandemic and its effects before his death at the age of 12. He was ranked fifth amongst SABC3's Great South Africans.

Fight Aids Not People With Aids



By: Candice from Laguna Beach High School

A Young Girl Who's Got AIDS

By: Mariama Dalanda Diallo from Senegal

Painting My Hero Murals at Ped Aids 2005

By: My Hero Project participants


By: Cheikh Seck from Senegal

Men and Women Together; Let's Fight Aids

By: Ndeye Ndiate Ndiaye from Senegal

Stand Up

By: Arron McCrory

Carol Dyantyi

By: Tamar Hoffman from Tel-Aviv


Hidden Blessings: What Irene Taught me about HIV Prevention

Producer: Zoeann Murphy

Actress Debra Messing visits Zambia to listen to the stories of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Thembi's Diary
Producer: Jisoo Kim
A wonderful evocation of a young African's refusal to let AIDS define her life.

HOME is where you find it ACTIVIST

Producer: Director - Alcides Soares / Producer - Neal Baer
A sixteen year old AIDS orphan directs a documentary about finding a new family in Maputo, Mozambique.

Everyday is a Gift

Producer: Exeko | Nadia Duguay Directed by Wayne Schoenfeld
A perceptive look at the AIDS crisis in Africa.
Mother Mary
Producer: Cheikh Darou Seck from Senegal, AFRICA

Mother Mary works to help children affected by AIDS in Senegal.

Producer: Ambika Samarthya
The shelter Ashray provides children affected by HIV with a safe place to live, study, and play.

Kay Lord and her Hero Nathaniel Dunigan

Produced by:Skip Blumberg <br>Thanks to Making History Productions<br> for addit...
A report about Second Class Coast Guard Academy Cadet Kay Lord and her hero, Nathaniel Dunigan, founder of Aidchild in Uganda. Thanks to Making History Productions for additional footage from Uganda and Chad Stevens for providing additional photography of Aidchild in Uganda. Special thanks to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation for their support of this short film.

Harmonious and Discordant: A Story of Love

Producer: Zoeann Murphy
A loving Zambian couple makes the life saving choice to get tested for HIV together.


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