World AIDS Awareness Day
Reading Comprehension

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Holiday: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be 1 December 1988.

Source: Wikipedia: World AIDS Day
From YOUR Teacher: World AIDS Day

Some people have referred to AIDS as the plague of the modern world. In fact AIDS and the Black Death pandemic, which swept through Europe in the middle of the 14th century, are completely different except for each resulting in the deaths of millions of people. Hopefully this modern day pandemic will be wiped out in the future.
Test: Reading Comprehension World AIDS Day

Read the information above. In the test questions below choose which is the best answer for each question. There are 10 questions. Good luck.
1.  World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising which of the following?

a.  awareness
b.  money
c.  food
d.  sympathy
2.  The President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day since which year?

a.  1995
b.  1985
c.  1975
d.  2005
3.  Between 1981 and 2007 AIDS killed how many people?

a.  more than 35 million
b.  more than 25 million
c.  more than 45 million
d.  more than 55 million
4.  AIDS is one of the most destructive epidemics in which of the following?

a.  last thirty years
b.  recorded history
c.  last twenty years
d.  ancient history
5.  The AIDS epidemic claimed how many lives in 2007?

a.  an estimated 1 million
b.  an estimated 2 million
c.  an estimated 3 million
d.  an estimated 4 million
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