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AIDS Awareness Week

Across the country, the week of November 26 to November 30 marks AIDS Awareness Week. The week kicks off by uplifting HIV/AIDS issues nationally and ends in the international observance of the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, on December 1st. World AIDS Day is dedicated to highlighting HIV/AIDS issues worldwide. In its first two years, the theme of World AIDS Day focused on children and young people.


Young people ages 13-24 in the United States (U.S.) have never known a world without HIV; one in five HIV infections occur in individuals between these ages. Despite HIV always being a part of their lives, youth today may not be aware of the most up-to-date facts on how HIV affects them and their peers. The latest HIV statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that HIV is still affecting all youth.

Each day, the campaign will highlight a different theme and integral issue within youth and HIV/AIDS community.

See the full list of themes below:

Monday, November 26: The Right to Live Free from Oppression

Pledge to challenge racism, homophobia and other forms of oppression on campus, in your communities, and family.

Tuesday, November 27: The Right to Education

Pledge to share accurate and factual information about HIV.

Wednesday, November 28: The Right to Prevention

Pledge to share at least one HIV testing location on social media.

Thursday, November 29: The Right to Treatment and Care.

Pledge to listen and center young people living HIV.

Friday, November 30: The Right to Live Without Criminalization, Discrimination, and Stigma

Pledge to educate your community about the harms of HIV criminalization in your area. Participate in our Twitter chat.

Take more action!

  • Text Youth HIV to 877-877 and take the pledge┬áto commit to ending HIV stigma and decriminalization in your community
  • Subscribe here to Kikis with Louie, a Youtube series focused on normalizing stigmatized conversations around HIV, STIs, consent, and other topics LGBTQ young people are told to bury.
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