December 1st is World AIDS Day

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Rick Bassett

world-aids-dayWorld AIDS Day is observed each December 1st since being established in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

The red ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS.

AIDS came to the forefront of public awareness in 1981 when people started suffering and dying from a mysterious pneumonia in Los Angeles but experts have since traced the origins  of the HIV virus to between 1800’s – 1920’s.

HIV type 1, group M (HIV-1), the predominant cause of the AIDS epidemic, is believed to evolved from  Simian Immunodeficiency Viruses (SIV) that crossed the species barrier from chimpanzees to humans between the 1800s and 1959, probably in the 1920’s, in Kinshasa, the capital of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Screenshot 2015-11-30 13.14.57The earliest confirmed HIV case in humans was found in blood drawn in 1959 from…

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