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Tuesday, 30 November 2004

World AIDS day 2004 - 01 December 2004

World AIDS day 2004
01 December 2004

The theme for the World AIDS Day 2004 focuses on women, girls, and HIV and AIDS – this is also the theme for the World AIDS Campaign this year coordinated by UNAIDS.

The first World AIDS Day was declared in 1 December 1988 by the World Health Organisation. Since that it has been one of the world’s most successful commemorative days and is now celebrated around the world. During this day the progress made in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic is celebrated and at the same time the challenges ahead can be brought into the focus.
According the recent epidemiological estimates from UNAIDS almost 40 million people are living with HIV and almost half of them are women.

Estimated five million new infections occurred in 2004. Within the EU the number of newly reported HIV infections has increased by almost 75 % from 1996 to 2003 according to data from EuroHIV network. According UNAIDS estimates, more than half a million people are living with HIV within the EU. In the neighbouring countries the number of people living with HIV is increasing steeply, in particular in Ukraine. The Russian Federation has the largest epidemic in Europe with estimated 860 000 people living with HIV.