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World AIDS Day #WorldAIDSDay

December 1
2023 Theme

“World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit”

World AIDS Day

December 1

This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit.” This annual event serves as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, an opportunity to honor those we have lost, and a rallying cry to continue working toward a day when HIV is no longer a public health threat.

The first World AIDS Day took place in 1988, providing a platform to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and honor the lives affected by the epidemic. This year marks the 35th commemoration of this important day. Over the past 35 years, there has been significant progress in addressing HIV/AIDS thanks to advancements in medical research, increased access to treatment and prevention, and a broader understanding of the virus.

You can read more about this year’s theme and its importance from Harold Phillips, MRP, Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy, Admiral Rachel Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Senior Bureau Official for Global Health Security and Diplomacy here.

Event Planning Guide     World AIDS Day Toolkit

World AIDS Day Messages

Federal Resources


Attend Events

Light in the Grove

November 28, 2022, 11:30am – 12:00pm EST
Much Accomplished, Much to Do: A Conversation Looking Back & Looking Ahead with Tony Fauci: : Join AVACExit Disclaimer for a conversation with NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, who will discuss all that’s been accomplished in the HIV and COVID-19 responses over the years, what’s ahead, and what the future looks like for NIAID, for Dr. Fauci and for pandemic preparedness. Register hereExit Disclaimer.

November 30, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. PST.
Light in the Grove returns as a tented, indoor magical celebration of reunion, remembrance, and renewal in the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Get more information about this eventExit Disclaimer.

November 30, 2022, 7:00pm EST
Washington, D.C.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Presenets World AIDS Day at the Kennedy Center. "It's Not Over," is a concert event honoring the lives that we have lost to HIV/AIDS, while also celebrating those who are currently living healthy lives with a positive HIV status. This event will also feature performances by Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle. Get more information about this eventExit Disclaimer.

November 30 – December 1, 2022
2022 Controlling the HIV Epidemic Summit, hosted by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). The summit will feature a series of invited talks featuring innovative ideas about accelerating progress towards achieving and sustaining HIV epidemic control. Get more information about this eventExit Disclaimer.

November 30 – December 4
Locations throughout the Southern United States
Change the Pattern: Join the National AIDS Memorial in reimagining the fight to end HIV in the South as they bring the AIDS Memorial Quit and powerful events and programming to twelve Southern states most impacted today. Get more information about these eventsExit Disclaimer.

December 1, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm
HRSA’s World AIDS Day 2022 Commemoration Event
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December 1, 2022, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
NIH World AIDS Day 2022 Virtual Event: Progress and Promise in HIV Research
Join federal leaders, distinguished guests, and the broader HIV research community for a live, virtual discussion
Get more information about this event.

Reflections on 40 Years of HIV
David J. Sencer CDC Museum – Ongoing Virtual Exhibit

Learn about the Epidemic

Learn about the Epidemic

Do you know the history of HIV? Get the facts by reading a Timeline of HIV and AIDS.

Learn the HIV Basics.

Get the statistics about the epidemic in the U.S., and data on its impact on racial and ethnic minorities in our nation. Find fast facts on the global epidemic.

Find out more about the controlling the global HIV epidemic.

Get Involved

Surviving Voices

Gather with family, friends, and loved ones to watch the National AIDS Memorial’sExit Disclaimer latest Surviving Voices Exit Disclaimermini-documentary. This year’s award-winning film features the powerful voices of survivors and advocates who share their personal stories of hope and struggle in the fight to end HIV and realize health and social justice.



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Participate in CDC’s #MyVoiceMyAction campaign.

Find HIV Testing and Other Services

Locate HIV Testing and Other Services

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