World AIDS Day is the focal point of the World AIDS Campaign, which is active all year round.
It has been estimated that around 33 million people around the world have been infected with HIV and that around two million people die from AIDS related conditions each year.
On October 27, 1988, the UN General Assembly officially recognized that the World Health Organization declared December 1, 1988, to be World AIDS Day.
Anti-discrimination activities are also launched on or around this date.
Many people hold events on World AIDS Day to remember people died of AIDS-related conditions.
During the shutdown, a large number of SANDF members and police officers were deployed in the area to control the situation.