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World AIDS Day Campaign

Photo: Two teenagers learning about World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a global initiative to encourage countries and communities to take a stand against HIV/AIDS. The fight against HIV/AIDS can be recognized not only on World AIDS Day, but all through December and every day of the year.

AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection. It can take years for a person infected with HIV to reach this stage. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy.

HIV is passed from one person to another by:

  • Having unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with a person who has HIV
  • Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
  • Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
  • Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)
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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

Find an HIV testing center. Just enter your ZIP code and go: http://1.usa.gov/9h37x0.

Be sure. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/jhanrM.

Q. What is HIV?
A. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. This is the virus that causes AIDS. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/upkWve.

Did you know? You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested for HIV at least once.

Women account for about 1 out of every 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1fd6pkM.

Did you know? All pregnant women need to get tested for HIV: http://1.usa.gov/jhanrM.

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Get Involved

Take action to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS.

  1. Partner with a local health center to offer free HIV testing at your worksite or organization.
  2. Host a forum with a local public health official to discuss HIV prevention and the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
  3. Encourage members of your organization to provide canned goods or other donations to support those living with HIV/AIDS.
  4. Host a fundraising or visibility event, such as a bake sale or community run/walk, to raise money for a local HIV/AIDS organization.
  5. Include an article in your next newsletter to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS and encourage your members to get tested.

Adapted from the World AIDS Day Campaign.
Contact the World AIDS Day Campaign. at info@worldaidscampaign.orgfor more information and materials.

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