World AIDS Day
1 December, 2021 (All day)

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Why is World AIDS Day Important?

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

What can I do on World AIDS Day?

Buy a red ribbon

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. Leading up to World AIDS Day you can also pick up a red ribbon and donate at a number of locations around the UK thanks to our Red Ribbon Partners. In 2020 we were supported by MAC Cosmetics, Morrisons and BioSure.

Get tested

Getting tested is the only way to find out if you have HIV. If you are living with HIV, starting treatment early means you can live a full, healthy and productive life. Free and confidential HIV tests are available from NHS & HSE sexual health clinics (also called GUM clinics), charity testing services, many GP surgeries, pharmacies or online for self-testing at home.


You can order a free pack of 100 fabric red ribbons to fundraise for National AIDS Trust. We also have a fundraising pack full of ideas to host an event for National AIDS Trust this World AIDS Day. Visit our fundraising pages or contact us for more information. Don’t forget to list your World AIDS Day event on our events page where you can also search for other events near you.