About World AIDS Day

Serving as an opportunity for people across the world to come together in the fight against HIV. World AIDS Day is acknowledged each year on the first of December. Founded in 1988 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, it became the first ever global health day. On this day, people show support for those living with HIV and commemorate the ones who have unfortunately died from AIDS.

Each year, there are campaigns to focus on specific themes. These themes are selected by the Global Steering Committee of the World AIDS Campaign, shortened as WAC. From 2005 to 2010, there was a continuing theme of “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise”. This was created to encourage political leaders to hold their commitment in achieving universal access to the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The World AIDS Day 2017 theme was announced to be “My Right to Health”. The World Health Organization, also referred to as WHO, highlighted the goal to reach universal health coverage for those who are affected by the epidemic. This includes all of the 36.7 million people who are currently living with HIV.

The slogan for this campaign was “Everybody Counts”. WHO advocates for the access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable medicines. In addition, this includes diagnostics and other vital health commodities. Also providing health care services for those who are in need and ensuring that they are guarded against any financial risks.

The key messages that are portrayed on World AIDS Day to achieve universal health coverage are as follows:

  • Leave no one behind
  • Tuberculosis, hepatitis, and HIV services are integrated
  • Top quality services are accessible for those living with HIV
  • People with HIV have care that is affordable

World AIDS Day might only be acknowledged once a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help year round. Learn how you can get involved as a volunteer or become an activist by signing up to the National AIDS Trust mailing list.