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People around the globe pause to remember ... World AIDS Day

December 1, 2017

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day.

According to worldaidsday.org, it’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Founded in 1988, #WorldAIDSDay was the first ever global health day.

It’s a cause that was close to the heart of the late Princess Diana and one taken up by her son, #PrinceHarry, and his fiancee, #MeghanMarkle.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s theme — “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships” — challenges us to work together to accelerate progress toward ending HIV as a public health threat around the world. Since the beginning of the epidemic, partnerships among governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector, community-based organizations, and many others have been key to the programs and scientific achievements that have brought us to this moment—we now have the tools needed to control the epidemic and lay the groundwork for ending this disease. To reach that goal, we must continue to strengthen our partnerships, be accountable in using resources as efficiently and effectively as possible, and be transparent in making sure our work delivers the results we need.