Bangalore, Dec 1: Today is the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. AIDS is a threat to everybody, although 95 per cent of people with HIV/AIDS are in developing Nations. World AIDS Day is about individuals and organisations from around the world coming together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic.
Today is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which is marked by significant progress in prevention and treatment over the past two decades. World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.
Events on World AIDS Day
Over 1,500 students have taken part in a rally organised on Monday, Dec 1 on the occasion of World AIDS Day in Bihar. The rally started from the Patna Women's College gate with Kargil Chowk, the point of culmination. It is being organised by the Bihar State Aids Control Society (BSACS) with support from National Service Scheme.
BSACS would also set up temporary voluntary counselling and testing centres at Pahari, Mithapur bus stand, Gandhi Maidan, Patna Junction, Boring Road crossing and Maurya Lok Complex on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud India and Suraksha, Bihar branch, organised a street play and candle light vigil on the eve of the day on Sunday, Nov 30. Around 200 participants of different NGOs, students & NCC cadets from Patliputra High School took part in it.
Prahri, an NGO, too organized a candle light rally on the eve in which hundreds of students took part.