How to Celebrate World AIDS Day

Posted on 11/29/2011

December 1 is a day set aside each year to bring attention to a disease that’s only been in the US for 30 years. While great strides have been made in the fight against HIV and AIDS, it’s still a reality for 1.1 million Americans. Celebrate World AIDS Day online and in your community to reduce stigma and improve awareness about this devastating epidemic.

Download a free poster at, print it out and write why you are Facing AIDS. Snap a photo of yourself holding the sign and then share it on the online gallery.

Test Your Knowledge of HIV/AIDS

Avert AIDS invites Facebook fans to play an interactive game that tests your HIV and AIDS knowledge. Avert is a UK-based charity working on prevention and care of those infected with HIV and AIDS. Ask your friends to play the Avert AID Challenge and see who can get the highest score.

Send a #WAD2011 Tweet
Tweet about HIV and AIDS on the first of December and inform your followers about the impacts of the disease. Be sure to use the hashtag #WAD2011 to join the conversation.

Get Tested
One in every five people living with HIV in the US doesn’t know it, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Government recommendations say that anyone who has had unprotected sex, shared needles or equipment with others or who has been diagnosed with hepatitis, TB or an STD should get tested. Find a testing site near you by visiting

Purchase an Umbrella
At noon on December 1, hundreds of red umbrellas will pop open to form a public art project in the shape of an AIDS ribbon in Richmond, Virginia. Join the event either in person or by purchasing a red umbrella online. Money raised will support the Fan Free Clinic which provides confidential testing to those in need.

By Alison Storm

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