The Countdown to Zero: World AIDS Day

Posted December 1, 2015 7:18 AM by with 0 comments

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. I look forward to when today is no longer necessary.

Presidents, current and former, stand with us and the world on eradicating this plague on humanity:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2015, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and compassion to those living with HIV.


To highlight the important progress in our national and global responses to HIV/AIDS, all are invited to watch a live webcast of the White House World AIDS Day event. The event will focus on this year’s Federal theme, The Time to Act is Now.

Watch the event live by visiting on Tuesday, December 1, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m (ET).

You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #WAD2015.


In support of the (SHOPATHON)RED – a month long holiday shopping extravaganza launching on World AIDS Day, December 1 2015 – Scarlett Johansson stars alongside music legend, Barry Manilow, and Jimmy Kimmel, in the ‘(RED) Shopathon Holiday Jingle’


Every generation is known for something. Let’s be the one that delivers an AIDS FREE GENERATION by 2015. Every day 1,000 babies are born with HIV. By 2015, that number could be near zero.


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton told an AIDS Conference in Melbourne on Wednesday that “an AIDS-free generation is within our reach.”



For more information about World AIDS Day and how you can take action, visit official White House World AIDS Day page.

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