It's been 35 years since the first World AIDS Day in 1988, and there have been so many incredible advancements in the prevention and treatment of HIV in that time. Now, with timely diagnosis, good access to medical care, and adherence to HIV treatment, someone with HIV can have a similar life expectancy to an HIV-negative person. But, while many countries have made great strides towards meeting UNAIDS targets for diagnosis and treatment, HIV remains a significant global public health issue.
An estimated 39 million people currently live with HIV, and in 2022 alone, 1.3 million people acquired HIV, with over 600,000 individuals dying from HIV-related causes. One of the greatest obstacles we still face in the fight against HIV and AIDS is the lack of access to reliable information, resulting in stigma, missed opportunities for early diagnosis and treatment, and poor health outcomes.
At aidsmap, we believe everyone has the right to quality information regardless of their background or location. Since we were founded in 1987, we have been committed to breaking down these barriers by providing accessible and accurate information about HIV prevention and treatment. This is the gateway to empowering people to protect themselves and others, advocate for better services, and challenge stigma and discrimination.
This World AIDS Day – 1 December – please consider a donation to support our work and help achieve our vision of a world where HIV is no longer a threat to health and happiness.
Here is how your support can make a difference:
- Your donation of £10 can help us produce information that provides practical advice to help someone who has just been diagnosed with HIV.
- With a donation of £25, you can help us produce videos about HIV prevention and treatment that can change lives.
- Your donation of £50 can help us facilitate workshops, bringing people with HIV together in a supportive environment to address stigma and connect with others who understand what they are going through.
- With a donation of £100, you can help us share new research that informs policy and supports international efforts to end new HIV infections and AIDS deaths by 2030.
There are lots of other great ways you can show your support by fundraising or raising awareness this World AIDS Day.
Organise your own fundraising activity in December to support our work. We’ve got lot of great ideas, from virtual runs or walks, to quiz nights, bake sales or dress-up (or down) days at work or school. Contact us today to request a digital fundraising pack.
Lend your voice to aidsmap this World AIDS Day by sharing the following messages on your social media, and help us reach people who could benefit from our information. Download this image to post on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the text below.
Facebook: Did you know that with effective treatment, people with HIV can live long, healthy lives and not pass on the virus to sexual partners? Yet, over a million people acquire HIV and over 600,000 die from AIDS-related causes each year, often because they don’t have access to reliable advice about HIV prevention or treatment. @NAM - the HIV/AIDS information charity provides independent and scientifically accurate information about HIV and AIDS to all. It’s available for free at www.aidsmap.com.
This #WorldAIDSDay, join me in spreading the word and help win the global fight against HIV and AIDS.
Instagram: Did you know that with effective treatment, people with HIV can live long, healthy lives and not pass on the virus to sexual partners? Yet, each year, over a million people acquire HIV and over 600,000 die from AIDS-related causes, often because they don’t have access to reliable advice about HIV prevention or treatment. @nam_aidsmap provides independent and scientifically accurate information about HIV and AIDS to all. It’s available for free at www.aidsmap.com.
This #WorldAIDSDay, join me in spreading the word and help us win the global fight against HIV and AIDS.
Twitter/X: People with HIV on effective treatment can live long healthy lives & not pass on the virus to sexual partners. Yet each year 1m+ people acquire HIV with 600k+ AIDS-related deaths. Spread the word this #WorldAIDSDay to win the global fight against HIV&AIDS @aidsmap aidsmap.com.
Thank you. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where HIV is no longer a threat to health and happiness.