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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

World AIDS Day — December 1, 2011


World AIDS Day draws attention to the current status of the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic worldwide. The theme for this year's observance on December 1 is Leading with Science, Uniting for Action.

The first cases of AIDS were reported 30 years ago in the June 5, 1981 issue of MMWR. Since then, the epidemic has claimed the lives of nearly 30 million persons worldwide (1), and an estimated 34 million persons currently are living with HIV infection (2).

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Information in this article was accurate in November 25, 2011. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.