December 1

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day Campaign

Photo: Two teenagers learning about World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight stigma, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. World AIDS Day is December 1.

Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, almost 40,000 people get HIV every year. Many people infected with HIV don’t know they have it.

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.

How can World AIDS Day make a difference?

We can use this day to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, encourage people to get tested, and take action to support people living with HIV.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage people to get tested for HIV. Let them know that some health clinics offer free HIV testing.
  • Encourage parents to talk with their kids about how to prevent STDs.
  • Wear a red ribbon, the symbol of HIV awareness and support. Tell people why you are wearing it. You can order a red ribbon online – or make your own.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

It’s World AIDS Day and @HIVgov has ways you can take action and spread awareness: #WAD2019

Have you been tested for HIV? Use this tool to find #HIV testing centers in your area: #WAD2019

True or false? Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested for #HIV at least once. @healthfinder has the answer: #WAD2019

The only way to know for sure that you don’t have #HIV is to get tested. Learn more: #WAD2019

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus — it’s the virus that causes AIDS. Learn more: #WAD2019

Did you know? You could have #HIV and still feel healthy. Find out how to get tested: #WAD2019

Fact: 1 in 4 people living with #HIV in the United States are women. Learn more: #WAD2019

Do you have your red ribbon yet? Learn everything you need to know about #WAD2019 here:

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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 workplace or organization.
  2. Host a forum with a local public health official to discuss HIV prevention and the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
  3. Distribute materials about HIV testing at a local health fair.
  4. Host a fundraising event, like a 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 find an HIV testing location.

Adapted from the World AIDS Day Campaign.
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