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World AIDS Day raises awareness of disease worldwide

The White House is displaying a large, red ribbon on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 to mark World AIDS Day. (KGO-TV)

Tuesday is World AIDS Day, which brings awareness to the 36.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.

There are currently 1.2 million fighting the disease in the United States alone.

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The virus that causes AIDS was identified less than 35 years ago but has left a lasting impact on hundreds of millions of people.

In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control published the first known report on AIDS. The human race has come so far in the fight against HIV/AIDS but still has much further to go.

Dr. Larry Corey, a virologist and investigator at the nonprofit HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN),said many people think of the HIV epidemic as less of an issue due to new drugs that are better able at controlling the disease.

However, he said the disease is still deadly and according to the CDC it has killed 13,712 in 2012, the most recent year the data was available.

Of the 1.2 million people in the United States with HIV, approximately 12 percent do not know they're infected.

ABC7 News contributed to this story.

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