World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year, and was founded in 1988.
It’s an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV and to show support for people living with HIV and also to remember those who have died from an AIDS related illness.
It is estimated that almost 40 million people are living with HIV around the world. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS.
Medical advances have been made in HIV treatment, and we understand much more about the condition. However, each year in the UK over 4,300 people are diagnosed with HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
It is illegal to discriminate against someone living with HIV or AIDS and we all have a part to play to combat HIV/AIDS and oppose the stigma that continues to surround it.
What can I do?
- If you are the victim of, or observe, any inappropriate language or behaviour then report it to your manager, local rep or the police
- Organise an event in your branch/workplace to raise awareness
- Show your solidarity using our photo opp card via social media
- Get tested, know your status. In the UK its estimated over 10,000 people are unknowingly living with HIV