The theme for World AIDS Day 2009 is
"Universal Access and Human Rights"
Understanding HIV and AIDS from a human rights perspective can be difficult.
Human rights are often misunderstood - and can sometimes be seen as abstract ideals with not much practical relevance for real people.
With "Universal Access and Human Rights" being the theme of this year's World AIDS Day, the key slogans are:
- I am accepted.
- I am safe.
- I am getting treatment.
- I am well.
- I am living my rights.
- Everyone deserves to live their rights.
- Right to Live.
- Right to Health.
- Access for all to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is a critical part of human rights.
The concept of a World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention. Since then, every year UN agencies, governments and all sectors of civil society worldwide join together to campaign around specific themes related to AIDS.