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December 1
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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 commit to 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 and 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 and AIDS thanks to advancements in medical research, increased access to treatment and prevention, and a broader understanding of the virus.

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

World AIDS Day Blogs and Videos

The White House released a proclamation in honor of World AIDS Day and showcased the red ribbon. You can read more about the White House’s activities to commemorate the day here. On December 1, the White House also released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Interim Action Report, which highlights that, thanks to the efforts of the community, state, and federal partners, our nation is making important progress toward the goals outlined in the Strategy.

 

Watch our FYI video with Mr. Phillips as he shares why we should pause and reflect on the importance of World AIDS Day. He also discusses a pivotal moment in the HIV response, stigma, the U.S. Government’s efforts to end the HIV epidemic, and creating awareness regarding HIV criminalization. You can read more about ways to commemorate World AIDS Day here.

 

World AIDS Day Statements

Read remarks from Ambassador John Nkengasong here and find more World AIDS Day resources, including PEPFAR’s latest results and projections fact sheet here.

You can read the National Institutes of Health’s statement on World AIDS Day, which includes research accomplishments over the past year here.

Read CDC’s Dear Colleague Letter here commemorating the day.

The U.S. Business Roundtable to End HIV commemorated World AIDS Day on November 30. Read more about their accomplishments over the last year and learn more about their plans for the next year here.

To observe World AIDS Day, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, MD, released a statement. You can read more here.

Event Planning Guide

World AIDS Day Roundup

Stay tuned for a recap of the World AIDS Day livestream with Harold Phillips and Caroline Talev.

For more of HIV.gov’s World AIDS Day coverage this year, read our blog post rounding up some statements from other federal agencies here. Also check out our blog page for a full account of this year’s blogs.

Remembering Those We’ve Lost

Kaye Hayes, MPA, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infectious Disease, Director of the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), and Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and Timothy P. Harrison, PhD, Principal Deputy Director of OIDP, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS, share personal memories about those lost to HIV. Watch the conversation in this blog post or below.

Dr. Timothy Harrison and LCDR Neelam "Nelly" Gazarian, PharmD, NS, AAHIVO, Senior Policy Analyst, OIDP, HHS, also had a conversation about this year’s theme and remembering loved ones lost to the HIV epidemic. You can watch the conversation in this blog post or below.

 

Partner Social Media Toolkit

We invite you to use the messages below to promote World AIDS Day and its related activities. Feel free to adjust the language to your voice and to ensure appropriate timing is referenced in your post. Accompanying graphics are provided in the zip file.

We also welcome you to join the broader conversation using the hashtag #WorldAIDSDay and to tag our social profiles so that we can amplify your messages.

Sample Graphics

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Sample Messages

World AIDS Day is in X Days!

Instagram:

⏳ X days until #WorldAIDSDay! 🌎 This year’s theme is “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit.” The day serves as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, an opportunity to honor those we have lost, & a commitment to continue working toward a day when HIV is no longer a public health threat. ❤️

World AIDS Day is Approaching

LinkedIn:

#WorldAIDSDay is just around the corner. As we prepare to commemorate the 35th anniversary of this observance, we’re reminded of the collective action that is critical to achieving an end to the HIV epidemic. What strategies do you think are most critical for ending the HIV epidemic?

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day

Instagram:

As we prepare for #WorldAIDSDay tomorrow, we reflect on the vital contributions of community partners—the ones engaging and caring for the #HIV community every day. Thank you for your ongoing work to #EndHIVepidemic in the U.S. ❤️

World AIDS Day/NHAS

LinkedIn:

We share the same goal as millions around the world: to end the HIV epidemic. To be successful, it will take a global response, utilizing all the resources available to us at every level of society.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and Federal Implementation Plan provide information on how we can work together to better coordinate our response to the HIV epidemic in the U.S.: https://www.hiv.gov/federal-response/national-hiv-aids-strategy/national-hiv-aids-strategy-2022-2025
What strategies or activities from the NHAS are your organizations implementing? Tell us in the comments.
#WorldAIDSDay #NHAS #EndHIVepidemic

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