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World AIDS Day -- December 1, 1994

"AIDS and the Family" is the theme selected by the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS (WHO/GPA) for the seventh annual World AIDS Day, December 1, 1994. This theme focuses on the crucial role of families in responding to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic. Families (defined by WHO/GPA as a group of persons linked by feelings of trust, mutual support, and a common destiny) can help reduce the risk for HIV infection among members and provide care for members who develop HIV infection or AIDS (1). An estimated 17 million persons worldwide have been infected with HIV since onset of the pandemic, and each day 6000 additional persons become infected (2). WHO/GPA estimates that by the year 2000, approximately 10 million children will have been orphaned because their parents died as the result of HIV infection (2).

Additional information about HIV infection, AIDS, and World AIDS Day is available from the CDC National AIDS Hotline (NAH) and the CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse (NAC). NAH provides information about HIV/AIDS, refers callers to services in their community, and places orders for HIV/AIDS publications; NAC provides educational materials and information on AIDS service organizations, funding sources, and drug trials. The telephone numbers for NAH are (800) 342-2437; Spanish, (800) 344-7432; or TTY/TDD, (800) 243-7889. The telephone number for NAC is (800) 458-5231 or (301) 217-0023. Reported by: Global Program on AIDS, World Health Organization, Geneva. Office of the Associate Director (HIV/AIDS), Office of the Director, CDC.


  1. Global Program on AIDS, World Health Organization. World AIDS Day Newsletter. Geneva: World Health Organization, Global Program on AIDS, 1994;(2):1.

  2. Merson M. Global status of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the response {Lecture}. Yokohama, Japan: Tenth Annual Conference on AIDS, August 8, 1994.

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