World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
Why is World AIDS Day important
COVID-19 has demonstrated that, during a pandemic, no one is safe until everyone is safe. Leaving people behind is not an option if we are to succeed. Eliminating stigma and discrimination, putting people at the centre and grounding our responses in human rights and gender-responsive approaches are key to ending the colliding pandemics of HIV and COVID-19.
In a new report, Prevailing against pandemics by putting people at the centre, UNAIDS is calling on countries to make far greater investments in global pandemic responses and to adopt a new set of bold, ambitious but achievable HIV targets. If those targets are met, the world will be back on track to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030
How to observe World AIDS Day
Today is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. You can order a red ribbon through our online shop, or pick one up from selected branches of Morrisons for a suggested donation
Participate in this year’s World AIDS Day by shining a light on inequalities and doing your part in helping to address them.
- Surgeon General on Ending the HIV Epidemic During COVID-19
- Surgeon General on Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
- Surgeon General on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
- UN and other international NGO
- Non-Profits website for the observance