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    Millions of people worldwide are commemorating World Aids Day on December 1, 2022 so here are ten famous quotes to share during the event.

    It’s estimated there are 38.4 million living with HIV worldwide and World Aids Day, celebrated on December 1, not only spreads support and awareness but also commemorates people who have died from Aids-related illnesses.

    Over the years, many notable people have shared uplifting, thought-provoking and meaningful messages about the disease and the day. Let’s look at how World Aids Day began before sharing ten of the best quotes.


    The origin of World Aids Day dates to August 1987, when James W Bunn and Thomas Netter worked for the global programme on Aids at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Switzerland.

    Bunn and Netter had an idea to dedicate a day to raise awareness of Aids. After the director of the global programme on Aids approved the idea, it was agreed the first World Aids Day would be observed on December 1, 1988, Very Well Health reports. 

    The red ribbon for World Aids Day was launched in 1991, with the first red ribbon worn by actor Jeremy Irons at the Tony Awards.


    World Aids Day 2022 is being marked by the theme “Equalize.” WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to “recognize and address inequalities holding back progress in eradicating Aids.”

    The organization wants to “equalize” access to essential HIV services, particularly for those most at risk of contracting HIV – men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs, sex workers, and people in prisons, the WHO states.


    Many influential people and celebrities, from Nelson Mandela to Elizabeth Taylor, have shared their thoughts about the day. Here are our ten favourites

    1. Elizabeth Taylor – It is bad enough that people are dying of Aids, but no one should die of ignorance.
    2. Susan Sontag – Aids obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide or murder.
    3. Nelson Mandela – Give a child love, laughter and peace, not Aids.
    4. Princess Diana – HIV doesn’t make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug: Heaven knows they need it.
    5. Magic Johnson – I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and Aids.
    6. Ryan White – Aids can destroy a family if you let it but, luckily for my sister and me, mom taught us to keep going. Don’t give up, be proud of who you are, and never feel sorry for yourself.
    7. Shakira – I’m a firm believer that education is the most efficient tool we have to make people aware and make our children aware and to protect them from the scourge of the century, which is Aids.
    8. Ji Wallace – From that very first day I wanted to scream at the world: “Know your status! Get yourself tested and know your status!”
    9. Marianne Williamson – The Aids virus is not more powerful than God.
    10. Yusuf Hamied – Aids today is not a death sentence. It can be treated as a chronic illness or a chronic disease.

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