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Thursday, December 1, 2011
“The History of World AIDS Day"
Observed every December the first since 1988, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, both public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Bunn, a broadcast journalist on leave-of-absence from KPIX in San Francisco, suggested the date of December first — believing media outlets would be eager to find a fresh story to cover after the 1988 elections in November.
This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero,” which includes Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths.
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