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World AIDS day 2023

27 Nov 2023

World AIDS day takes place each year on 01 December to unite the global population in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those that have lost their lives from an AIDS-related illness. 

Nowadays, the term AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is less commonly used and instead 'late stage' or 'advanced' HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) are preferred terms. Thanks to the success of HIV treatments, it is less common for serious HIV related illnesses to develop. However, HIV remains a global public health crisis that affects millions of people worldwide.

•             Today there are an estimated 105,000 people in the UK living with HIV.

•             98% of these people are on effective treatment and 97% can't pass on the virus to others.

The theme for this year’s World AIDS day is Rock the Ribbon.  The red ribbon, which was created in 1991, is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.  Wearing the ribbon is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about HIV and the stigma still experienced by those living with HIV. 

Further information on World Aids Day campaigns can be accessed via the following links:

More information is available on the Blood Borne Virus Infections (including HIV) and advice for HIV travellers pages.