Conceived in 1987, World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Worldwide, the day is recognized with rallies, memorials and other events to honor persons who have died from AIDS as well as raise awareness of the disease and spread messages of prevention.
Since 1981, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS and more than 33 million are currently living with the disease. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, AIDS continues to be one of the worst pandemics in human history.
CHN produces Red Ball in recognition of World AIDS Day, raising awareness of the day among a crowd of nearly 1,000, raising funds to help support programs offered by Denver Colorado AIDS Project, and celebrating the advancements that have been made in the field and the lives that have been affected by medical and research progress.