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Wear a red ribbon on World AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day

2017 marks the 29th anniversary of World AIDS Day.

First observed in 1988, World AIDS Day was initiated by health ministers from around the world who called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater awareness of HIV/AIDS on an international scale.

When is World AIDS Day? Always observed on December 1. This year, World AIDS Day is on Friday, December 1, 2017.

What is the 2017 World AIDS Day Theme? Every year, World AIDS Day focuses on a single theme. The theme for the 2017 World AIDS Day observance is "My Health, My Right," promoting access to health care and a wider set of related rights, such as safe working and living conditions, and a clean environment.

World AIDS Day materials are designed to underscore the importance of awareness of the disease and its effects on family, friends, local neighborhoods and nations around the globe.

What Can I Do on World AIDS Day? World AIDS Day is not just about raising money, but also about increasing awareness and education.

Around the Web, get tips, advice and ideas on how you can aid in the fight against HIV AIDS in your neighborhood, workplace, or school classroom

Also check out a list of Web sites where you may find downloadable World AIDS Day posters, brochures and factsheets.


World AIDS Day In Your Neighborhood

• Wear a red ribbon as a symbol of hope to work, school or clubs - or distribute red ribbons at community gatherings.

• Organize a candlelight vigil at a community center or at a public park and invite local performers and speakers.

• Decorate a World AIDS Day tree or bulletin board to display in a local library or courthouse in memory of those who have died of AIDS.

• Write a letter or editorial to your local newspaper urging news coverage of World AIDS Day.

• Set up a table or booth at an existing community event to display HIV/AIDS exhibits, posters, flyers, or brochures.

• Send an World AIDS Day e-card to friends and family urging their support for AIDS awareness.


World AIDS Day At Work

• Ask your employer to help establish December 1 as a day to address the issue of HIV/AIDS in your workplace

• Educate employees about the prevention of HIV/AIDS: display posters, flyers, brochures, invite guest speakers, provide information through employee newsletters, E-mail messages and Web pages.

• Have your company sponsor community events by donating products to local HIV/AIDS programs, organize an AIDS fundraising events (run, walk, bike) or set up a display in the office lobby.

• Distribute World AIDS Day ribbons, posters, flyers or brochures in company mailboxes, cafeterias or break rooms.

• Retail businesses: place a World AIDS Day poster in your window, at checkout counters or community bulletin board.

For more information, point your browser to HIV in the Workplace


world aids dayWorld AIDS Day In the Classroom

• Set aside class time for a special lesson or speaker on HIV/AIDS.

• Create a website, brochure or video for teaching parents the facts about HIV/AIDS.

• Invite a person living with AIDS or health care worker to come and talk to students about HIV/AIDS discrimination.

• Sponsor a poster, T-shirt, exhibit, or bumper sticker design contest for the this year's theme

• Create a special HIV/AIDS writing assignment for December 1 : essay, poem, book report, brochure, poster or research report.

• Distribute red ribbons and information about HIV/AIDS at an exhibit set up in the school.

• Decorate trees, school buildings, classrooms, lamp posts, or fences with red ribbons.

• Prepare a current events bulletin board for students to fill with newspaper articles about HIV/AIDS.


World AIDS Day Photos, Brochures & Fact Sheets

AIDS.gov - World AIDS Day Posters & Materials

AVERT - HIV & AIDS Glossary

CDC AIDS Brochures

NIAID HIV/AIDS Brochures & Fact Sheets


also see in Health -> Sexually Transmitted Diseases | Men's Health Guides


More about World AIDS Day around the Web:

World AIDS Day - December 1

World AIDS Day.org



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