World AIDS Day 2022

1st December 2022, worldwide.

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Why is World AIDS Day Important?

Over 105,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS related illnesses, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK over 4,139 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

What can I do on World AIDS Day?

Buy a red ribbon

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. You can order a red ribbon from our online shop, pick one up at selected branches of MAC Cosmetics in the UK, or add to a donation when shopping at MAC online. When buying a VIVA GLAM lipstick at MAC, 100% of the selling price (less VAT) also goes to organisations and programs focused on the fight against HIV/AIDS, supporting women and girls and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Get tested

Getting tested is the only way to find out if you have HIV. If you are living with HIV, starting treatment early means you can live a full, healthy and productive life. Free and confidential HIV tests are available from NHS sexual health clinics (also called GUM clinics), charity testing services, many GP surgeries, pharmacies or online for self-testing at home. Free self-sampling HIV test kits are available to people from certain areas in England here. From 1 November until 5 December 2022, when you order an here, BioSure will send you a free red ribbon and donate £1 from every sale to National AIDS Trust.


You can order a free pack of 100 fabric red ribbons to fundraise for National AIDS Trust. We also have a fundraising pack full of ideas to host an event for National AIDS Trust this World AIDS Day. Visit our fundraising pages or contact us for more information. Don’t forget to list your World AIDS Day event on our events page where you can also search for other events near you.

There are many ways to fundraise, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. For more information click here.

World AIDS Day may be once a year, but you can still support people living with HIV all year round. Sign up to National AIDS Trust’s mailing list to stay up-to-date with new developments in HIV, and learn how you can get involved as an activist or as a volunteer.

You can also support our work by donating to National AIDS Trust. We rely on your support to continue championing the rights of people living with HIV.

General Information

Date: 1st December 2022

Location: worldwide

For more information and detailed program visit the website.

Published in GI-Mail 12/2022 (English edition).

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