What is World AIDS Day?


Each year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Each World AIDS Day focuses on a specific theme, which this year will be End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics. This year’s theme joins a growing list of challenges that World AIDS Day has alerted people to globally. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever international day for global health. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to HIV.

World AIDS Day remains as relevant today as it’s always been, reminding people and governments that HIV has not gone away. There is still a critical need for increased funding for the AIDS response, to increase awareness of the impact of HIV on people’s lives, to end stigma and discrimination and to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV.


2021 End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics.

2020 Global solidarity, shared responsibility

2019 Communities make the difference

2018 Know your status

2017 My health, my right

2016 Hands up for HIV prevention

2015 On the Fast-Track to end AIDS

2014 Close the gap

2013 Zero discrimination

2012 Together we will end AIDS

2011 Getting to zero

2010 Universal access and human rights

2009 Universal access and human rights

2008 Stop AIDS. Keep the promise—lead, empower, deliver

2007 Stop AIDS. Keep the promise—leadership

2006 Stop AIDS. Keep the promise—accountability

2005 Stop AIDS. Keep the promise

2004 Women, girls, HIV and AIDS

2003 Stigma and discrimination

2002 Stigma and discrimination

2001 I care, do you?

2000 AIDS: men make a difference

1999 Listen, learn, live! World AIDS campaign with children and young people

1998 Force for change—world AIDS campaign with young people

1997 Children living in a world of AIDS

1996 One world, one hope

1995 Shared rights, shared responsibilities

1994 AIDS and the family

1993 Time to act

1992 AIDS—a community commitment

1991 Sharing the challenge

1990 Women and AIDS

1989 Our lives, our world—let’s take care of each other

1988 A world united against AIDS