From White House Office of Public Engagement
– Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
December 1 is World AIDS Day. The red ribbon hanging from the White House North Portico symbolizes our collective efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and to remember the nearly 40 million who have died from this virus over the last 34 years.
Today, globally, 35 million people are living with HIV, including 1.2 million people in the United States. While HIV still disproportionately impacts various populations, thankfully, we are making steady progress against this epidemic, including through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and implementation of our country’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The red ribbon represents solidarity and hope as we move forward together towards an AIDS-free generation.
This proclamation signed by the President regarding World AIDS Day, 2014.
Please join me in commemorating this important day as we work towards an AIDS-free generation.
Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement