Are you ready for World AIDS Day, December 1?

Content From: Miguel Gomez, Director,, and Senior Communications Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPublished: November 23, 20112 min read


“Leading with Science. United for Action.” is the U.S. Government theme for World AIDS Day 2011. This year, we are thankful for scientific advances in the response to HIV/AIDS, leading Secretary Clinton to call for an “AIDS-free generationExit Disclaimer.” Creating an AIDS-free generation has never been a policy priority for the U.S. Government until now, because this goal would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Secretary Clinton’s call echoes the historic charge of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

On December 1st, people all around the world will commemorate World AIDS Day. We will think about how far we have come in the last 30 years and we at want everyone to get involved.

What can you do?
  1. Watch and share Secretary Hillary Clinton’s historic speechExit Disclaimer on HIV/AIDS which calls for an “AIDS Free Generation.”
  2. Plan a community event and/or take a photo for Facing AIDS. Share your message of why we all need to step up and face AIDS together.
  3. Print posters and tools from our World AIDS Day resources and use them at your events. Many are customizable and in English and Spanish.
  4. Locate HIV testing and other HIV services: Use and share the HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Providers Locator and add the widget to your website or blog.
  5. Learn about and share the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Read about agencies who are putting the strategy in action and talk about it with your colleagues — what would it take to make the goals of the Strategy real in your community?
  6. Follow our blogs and tweets Exit Disclaimer from guest blogs from the CDC and other Federal partners.
  7. Use the hashtag #WAD11 Exit Disclaimer when sharing your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.
We are all united together to take at least one small action to commemorate World AIDS Day. What are you doing in your community?