Act Aware This World AIDS Day
Run by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World AIDS Day is observed in most countries of the world, and includes activities such as counseling about AIDS, HIV distribution, HIV prevention, and HIV treatment
The first World AIDS Day was observed on December 1, 1988, thanks to the efforts James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two officials from the Global Programme of AIDS, who since 1987 promoted the idea of an annual commemoration of the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
The theme for Global AIDS Day from 2011 to 2015 is “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths“ As part of the theme of Getting to Zero, in 2013 World AIDS Day will ask participants to "Act Aware." Acting aware means finding out the facts about HIV and using this knowledge to protect yourself and others from HIV infection
Participate in World AIDS Day:
Plan an event- Here are some ideas and suggestions from AIDS.gov.
Get Tested. Find an HIV Testing Facility near you.
Learn how HIV is transmitted. Tell others.
If you or someone you know has HIV/AIDS and needs help, start looking here.
Head over to the (RED) store and choose from a range of products from iconic brands such as Apple, Jonathan Adler, Bed Bath and Beyond, Beats by Dre, and more. When you purchase (RED) products, up to 50% of the sales proceeds goes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
Other AIDS Awareness Days worth noting:
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Feb 7
- National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10
- National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 20
- HIV Vaccine Awareness Day - May 18
- National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - May 19
- Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19
- Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - June 8
- National HIV Testing Day - June 27
- National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day - September 18
- National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - September 27
- National Latino AIDS Awareness Day - October 15