World AIDS Day 2019

World AIDS Day 2019: Every Journey Counts


World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. This day raises awareness across the world and in our communities about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and AIDS related conditions. You can show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.


World AIDS Day aims to encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV; to help reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting prevention strategies; and to act to reduce stigma and discrimination and enable people living with HIV to participate fully in community life. 

As a community and as individuals, there is a lot we can do to address the challenges posed by HIV. Working in partnership with people living with HIV, we can encourage an understanding how HIV is transmitted. We can support people to access testing, treatment and care - we know that commencing treatment early results in better health outcomes and reduces the likelihood of onward transmission. 

We can inform ourselves and others about the impact of stigma and discrimination on the wellbeing of people living with HIV and work to reduce the fear and lack of understanding that underpins that stigma.

In 2019 the AIDS Action Council can help you to mark World AIDS Day in your workplace, business or community! You can download a comprehensive list of fun, practical ways to support and fundraise for World AIDS Day.  Don’t forget to share your WAD activities for 2019 using the @AIDSactionACT and #WAD2019 tags on social media. 

This year the Council is supporting the development of creative work that explores the realities of living with HIV in Australia.  One project we are supporting is Clean (formerly The Future is U) a new play being developed by the Street Theatre.  There will be a special reading of the play at 3.00pm on 1 December at the Street Theatre.  Please let us know if you are interested in attending this open community event by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The AIDS Action Council will officially mark World AIDS Day with a free community Morning Tea at the National Arboretum from 10.00am – 12.00pm on 1 December. 


Fundraising Red Ribbon Merchandise Order Form

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WAD Morning Tea at the Arboretum - poster


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