Support the fight against HIV and AIDS stigma

27 Nov 2018

PCS members are encouraged to show solidarity for World AIDS Day on 1 December.

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year to pay tribute to the victims of HIV and AIDS, to show support to those living with HIV today and to challenge the stigma that continues to exist in many of our communities.

Across the UK over 100,000 people are living with HIV, with over 10,000 also estimated to be living undiagnosed with HIV.  Today HIV and AIDS is the second leading cause of death among the world’s youth population.

In the UK it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on their HIV status, but stigma and discrimination remain a reality for people living with the condition. People living with HIV are also more likely to experience poverty, hardship and inequalities.

Get involved

As a union with a proud history of challenging discrimination and inequality, PCS encourages all members to support the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma that continues to surround it.

Our equality networks play a vital role in challenging discrimination, campaigning and providing support for members who may be affected by HIV/AIDS.

What can I do?

  • If you are the victim of, or observe, inappropriate language or behaviour, report it to your manager, local rep or to the police.
  • Organise an event in your branch/workplace to raise awareness.
  • Use our poster, leaflet and photo opportunity cards available from the PCS equality department.
  • Share your experience (anonymously if you wish) for the PCS blog by emailing
  • Get tested regularly and know your own HIV status to protect yourself and others
  • Not a member? Join PCS, the campaigning union, today.

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