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How To Show Your Support For World AIDS Day

What is World AIDS Day

Tomorrow, the 1st December, marks World AIDS Day. Held for the first time in 1988, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with the virus, and to commemorate the people who have died.

Since the virus was identified in 1984, significant scientific advances have been made and laws have been put in place to protect people living with condition. However 6000 people each year in the UK are still diagnosed as HIV positive, and many stigmas around the disease still remain.

The stats

  • Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK
  • Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who are HIV positive
  • Since 1984 more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS

The stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS

The 2016 campaign focuses on stigma and how, although medicine for HIV has advanced a great deal, the attitudes of the public at large haven’t made much progress since the 80s and 90s. The National AIDS trust found that one in seven people reported hearing negative comments from a healthcare worker about themselves or other people living with HIV. And only three in five people felt well supported disclosing their HIV status to friends and family.

How can you help?

The easiest way to show you support is by buying a red ribbon. Buy one online here, pop into your local MAC store, or look out for vendors at tube and train stations across the UK. Alternatively, there are events up and down the country raising money for the National AIDS trust, check out the listings here.

Show your support with shopping! Click through the gallery to see the products supporting World AIDS Day 2016.


For more info about World AIDS Day, The National AIDS Trust and HIV and Aids, check out

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