World AIDS Day
- By: Andrew Moscrop
1 December will mark the thirteenth World AIDS Day and the culmination of the 2001 World AIDS Campaign.
The purpose of World AIDS Day is to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage changes in attitudes towards people with HIV and AIDS. The National AIDS Trust is responsible for coordinating World AIDS Day activities in Britain. It claims that increasing public knowledge and understanding of the issues will benefit people with AIDS by reducing the prejudice that they face in society. It is also hoped that increased publicity and public interest will prompt people in power to invest in sexual health campaigns and the search for a vaccine.
AIDS is not an issue for just one day of the year. World AIDS Day marks the culmination of the World AIDS Campaign that runs throughout the year. This year's campaign has focused on the role of men in the AIDS