Zero Discrimination Day Date in the current year: March 1, 2016

Zero Discrimination Day The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has created a Zero Discrimination Day. It's a special observance, that promotes everyone's right to live life with full dignity regardless of their look, origin, love and disease. Its symbol is a butterfly, that is widely recognized as a sign of transformation.

Zero Discrimination Day also aims to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS positive people, who are usually discriminated because of their disease, which leads to restriction of access to medical care.

Around 3,5 million people around the world were HIV-positive in 2012. Among them about 2,3 million people were newly infected and 1,6 million died of AIDS and its related diseases. UNAIDS' statistics also shows, that every seventh HIV-positive person was refused on medical care and every tenth was denied to be employed.

Discrimination against HIV-positive people made them hide their status, that leads to further spread of the disease. Raising of public awareness of HIV/AIDS will help stop the virus.

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