World AIDS Day was introduced by the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 1, 1988, as a special day for people across the entire world to focus on the global implications of the AIDS pandemic. Since then, World AIDS Day has evolved into a major event that, in many countries including the U.S., has activities that last for an entire week instead of just one day, all focusing on awareness, education, and prevention campaigns surrounding HIV/AIDS, as well as promoting increased tolerance and access to medical care for those living with HIV/AIDS all around the world.
The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development recognizes that HIV/AIDS continues to significantly affect the lives of thousands of New Yorkers and their families on a daily basis, and we encourage everyone to become more educated and aware of all aspects of this vital social and health care issue.
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