How to get involved

Many people choose to mark World AIDS Day by organising or attending an event. Events are as varied as the people involved in them – some raise awareness, some raise money, some are held to remember loved ones who have died, some are a celebration of survival and health.

But there are lots of ways you can get involved – here are some ideas, but we're sure you'll be able to think of more.

Wear a red ribbon (real or virtual!)

An easy way to show your support for World AIDS Day is to buy or make a red ribbon and wear it on World AIDS Day, or all year round. Local HIV organisations often sell red ribbons in the weeks before World AIDS Day, or the UK's National AIDS Trust sells packs of ribbons through their online shop.

Many people also show their support by 'wearing' a red ribbon online – adding a red ribbon image to their website, or to their profile on social networking websites.

You could also add a red ribbon or a message about World AIDS Day to your email signature, or to your profile on discussion forums.

Attend an event

There is always a lot going on around World AIDS Day. Why not find out if your local HIV organisation is planning something?

You can search for events in the UK here: www.worldaidsday.org/events

Learn about HIV

What better goal could there be on World AIDS Day than to learn about HIV? Make sure you know the facts, so you can look after your own health, and so you can inform and educate others you speak to.

Visit our Learn about HIV and AIDS page for some good starting points.

Talk about HIV

Talking about HIV is a powerful weapon against misinformation and stigma. World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to get a conversation going in a workplace, school, or among friends. Find out what people believe about HIV and challenge their misconceptions.

If you are living with HIV and would like to share your own personal story online, we would love to hear from you. There is a section to our website called In your own words, where you can read real-life stories from people with HIV.

If you write a blog, or write for a newspaper or magazine, why not take the opportunity to write about HIV on or around December 1st?

Raise money for NAM

We rely on our supporters. There are lots of ways you can support us, all of them valuable.

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