World AIDS Day 2018: Everybody Counts
AIDS Awareness Week runs from 23 November 2018 to World AIDS Day on Saturday 1 December. It’s now recognised and observed by millions in more than 190 countries.
HIV diagnoses in Australia have fallen to the lowest level since 2010, but up to 20 Australians are still diagnosed weekly. HIV can affect anyone and there is an urgent need to make sure this downward trend continues by raising awareness of how HIV is transmitted.
“World AIDS Day is an opportunity to commemorate more than 35 million people lost to AIDS-related illness since the beginning of the epidemic,” says Darryl O’Donnell, chief executive, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.
“It’s also an opportunity to reinforce Australia’s successful bipartisan response to HIV, which is globally recognised.”
This year’s message that “Everybody counts” aims to ensure everyone living with HIV can participate in community life, without stigma or discrimination. World AIDS Day Australia urges members of the community to show support for people living with HIV by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.
In addition, World AIDS Day Australia has plenty of resources including posters, banners and videos to assist teachers in starting conversations about AIDS, including a ‘Get the Facts’ webpage which breaks down the common myths and misunderstandings about AIDS.