World AIDS Day
November 27, 2019
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness and celebrate advancements in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS. This day also gives us the opportunity to show our support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have died.
This year, the theme for World AIDS Day is "Communities make the difference". This theme focuses on the essential role that communities have played, and continue to play in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels. Communities include peer educators, networks of people living with or affected by HIV, such as gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, women and young people, counsellors, community health workers, door-to-door service providers, civil society organizations and grass-roots activists. Their leadership and advocacy ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded, keeping people at the centre and leaving no one behind.
The Ontario Nurses' Association is proud to offer ongoing support to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a not-for-profit grassroots organization that works with community organizations in Africa in the fight against AIDS. Since 2003, the Foundations has funded more than 1,800 initiatives working with more than 325 community organizations across the 15 African countries hardest hit by the global AIDS pandemic.
UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Visit their website for research, publications, and resources, and learn how you can help take action.
CATIE is a Canadian not-for-profit organization with lots of information and research on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Visit CATIE’s website to order materials for World AIDS Day events and find out what is happening in your community for World AIDS Day 2018.
The Canadian AIDS Society urges people to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and to encourage your partner(s) to do the same. Click here to learn more about testing and counseling.