Today is World AIDS Day.
Since 1988, December 1st has been recognized as day to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died from AIDS-related disease.
More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today an estimated 34 million people have HIV.
While significant scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, World AIDS Day reminds the public that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.