World AIDS Day is a globally recognised event that takes place on 1 December. The day raises awareness about the issues and concerns surrounding HIV and AIDS. It's also a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died.
The national World AIDS Day theme for Australia in 2021 is 40 years of HIV – where to next? World AIDS Day aims to encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting prevention strategies; and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.
As a community and as individuals, there is a lot we can do in relation to HIV. Working in partnership with people with HIV, we can encourage others to understand how HIV is transmitted. We can support people to access testing, treatment and care, as we know that commencing treatment at the early stages of HIV results in better health outcomes and reduces the likelihood of onward transmission.
UNAIDS theme for World AIDS Day 2021 is End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics. UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. The focus of UNAIDS is on stopping new HIV infections, ensuring that everyone living with HIV has access to HIV treatment, protecting and promoting human rights and producing data for decision-making.
Show your support for people with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.