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World AIDS Day

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About the Day
The Facts
Take Action

About the Day

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

The Facts

In 2007, the estimated number of persons living with HIV worldwide was 33.2 million and there were 2.1 million AIDS deaths. More>>


We hope these resources will assist your efforts to educate, motivate, and mobilize your local community in the fight against HIV/AIDS!

  • Posters
    Posters: download and customize these posters to promote your World AIDS Day events!
  • Fact sheets
    Fact sheets: download HIV/AIDS fact sheets, post them on bulletin boards, share with local newspapers, and distribute them at events!
  • Websites
    • www.AIDS.gov: the gateway  to Federal domestic HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, research information.
    • www.PEPFAR.gov: the official website of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
    • www.HIVtest.org: national HIV testing resources. Enter your zip code to find an HIV testing site near you!
    • http://www.worldaidscampaign.org: brochures and information about international events.
  • Mobile resources
    Know It Campaign: Send a text message with your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566938) to find an HIV testing center near you.

Take Action

There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:

  • get tested for HIV
  • practice safe methods to prevent HIV
  • decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
  • talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
  • provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • get involved with or host an event for World AIDS Day in your community