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Dec 01 2021 - 01:00 PM
Today In History: World AIDS Day


Since 1988 December 1st has been recognized world wide as a day for raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is also a time to commemorate the lives lost; according to UNAIDS, as many as 36.3 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic in 1981. Thanks to advances in technology and education, AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 64% since the peak in 2004 and by 47% since 2010, but many are still dying.

This year's theme, "End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics" focuses on addressing the inequalities that influence the disease while calling for greater leadership and partnership among institutions, including those in higher education. Initiatives in health education and promotion are key to help prevent the spread of HIV, while schools can offer a curriculum teaches basic medical facts about AIDS, HIV transmission, prevention, and care for people living with AIDS.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.




  • Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries


Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.

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