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Why is AIDS always represented by a red ribbon?

Q: Why is AIDS always represented by a red ribbon?

A:The Red Ribbon is the international symbol of HIV and AIDS awareness. UNAIDS has also incorporated the ribbon into its own logo. The Red Ribbon was created in 1991 by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus in New York. It stands for: Care and Concern It is being worn by increasing numbers of people around the world to demonstrate their care and concern about HIV and AIDS - for those who are living with HIV, for those who are ill, for those who have died and for those who care for and support those directly affected. Hope The Red Ribbon is intended to be a symbol of hope - that the search for a vaccine and cure to halt the suffering is successful and the quality of life improves for those living with the virus. Support The Red Ribbon offers symbolic support for those living with HIV, for the continuing education of those not infected, for maximum efforts to find effective treatments, cures or vaccines, and for those who have lost friends, family members or loved ones to AIDS. But the Red Ribbons are not enough. The Red Ribbon is only a useful symbol in the long run when attached to words and deeds that actually make a difference. It is worn as a tribute to the millions of people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS worldwide. Anyone can wear a Red Ribbon. You dont have to be gay, or HIV positive or living with AIDS to demonstrate that you have an understanding of the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. The Red Ribbon project is a grass-roots effort. There is no official Red Ribbon. You can make your own to wear. Wearing a Red Ribbon is the first step in the fight against HIV and AIDS. It can be worn on any day of the year, but especially on 1st December (World AIDS Day).


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