World AIDS Day 2017
10 November 2017
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. Itís 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?
Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
What should I do on World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day 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.
National AIDS Trust 2017 Campaign - Let's End It
- End isolation
- End stigma
- End HIV transmission
Youíve helped us fight HIV. Now, letís end it. This World AIDS Day join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV.
This year in the UK there have been the first significant reductions in HIV diagnoses for gay men in London, thanks to frequent testing, rapid treatment and PrEP. Letís grow this success so that it includes everybody at risk, across the UK.
But our fight is not just about the virus. For the more than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, ignorance and discrimination can still limit opportunities, preventing them from living full and happy lives. HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health.
This is an exciting turning point. But we need a new burst of energy to end stigma, end HIV transmission and end the isolation experienced by people living with HIV, for good.
Campaign to End It
World AIDS Day is the perfect time to ask your MP to show leadership on HIV issues. Is your MP thinking of their constituents living with and affected by HIV? Will they or do they support the Letís End It campaign?