World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

The national World AIDS Day theme for Australia in 2018 – is: “Everybody Counts.” World AIDS Day aims to encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting prevention strategies; and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.

There were 963 new HIV diagnoses in Australia in 2017, This is the lowest number since 2010. HIV can affect anyone and there is no vaccine or cure, however there are highly effective treatments.

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