World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with  and to commemorate people who have died from HIV or Aids related illnesses. World AIDS Day was first held in 1988 and is held on the 1st December each year.

The challenge

Globally, there are approximately 37 million people today living with HIV; two-thirds of those are in sub-Saharan Africa, though there are few countries in the world where there are not people living with HIV. In the UK there are over 100,000 and in Scotland around 9,000 people living with HIV.

These days, fewer people are dying and education is helping people to be more aware of the issues presented by HIV. Even so, in 2017 there were approximately1 million deaths and 2 million new infections worldwide.

Resources to help you get involved

Commemorate World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1st December each year. This is a time when we remember people who have died from Aids -related illnesses and people who are living with HIV; a time to give thanks for the progress that has been made and to reflect on what still needs to be done. It is an opportunity for people around the world to unite to eradicate AIDS and show support for people living with HIV. It is a time to commit anew to ensuring that no one is left behind.