Started on December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice, and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is "Universal Access and Human Rights." World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there is much still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

Around 95% of people with HIV and AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women, and children on all continents around the world.


Percent of adults (age 15+) living with HIV/AIDS who are women (2007)

  • 59% Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 54% Middle East/North Africa
  • 54% Middle East/North Africa
  • 37% South/Southeast Asia

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Prayer Corner

  • To stop violence against women
  • Women and children suffering from HIV/AIDS
  • Disabled women
  • Peace and healing in the home



December 1: World AIDS Day
December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 10: Human Rights Day
February 1: Division Statistical Reports due to GCWM Office