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World AIDS Day 2004
World AIDS Day is commemorated around the globe on 1 December. It celebrates progress made in the battle against the epidemic — and brings into focus remaining challenges.

World AIDS Day 2004 focuses on women, girls, and HIV and AIDS — the theme for the World AIDS Campaign 2004. The campaign, with the strapline 'Have you heard me today?', explores how gender inequality fuels the AIDS epidemic.

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, UNAIDS and WHO launched the "AIDS epidemic update 2004" on 23 November. With maps and regional summaries, the 2004 edition of the annual report provides the most recent estimates of the epidemic’s scope and human toll, explores new trends in the epidemic’s evolution, and features a special section on women and AIDS.



Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that has spread over the last 20 years in countries all over the world.

Already more than 33 million people throughout the world are infected.

More than 14 million have died.

Global Alert

Southern Africa is home to about 30% of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, yet this region has less than 2% of the world’s population.

95% of people living with HIV are in low- and middle-income countries.

A new wave of HIV epidemics is threatening China, India, Indonesia and Russia, mostly due to transmission through injecting drug use and unsafe sex.


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