World AIDS Day 2016
What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day, December 1, which also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada, is a time for reflection: on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV, and what we still must achieve.
World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus.
The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 after health ministers from around the world met in London, England and agreed to such a day as a way of highlighting the enormity of the AIDS pandemic and nations’ responsibility to ensure universal treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is Hands Up for #HIV Prevention.
According to the AIDS by the numbers 2016 report from UNAIDS, 1.1 million people worldwide died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2015. By the end of 2015, an estimated 36.7 million people around the world were living with HIV.
On a national scale, an estimated 75,500 Canadians were living with HIV, and an estimated 2,570 new HIV infections occurred in 2014.
We invite you to explore the information and resources on this page that may help you in your work and in your own acknowledgement of this special time.
UNAIDS, the United Nations agency responsible for the global HIV/AIDS response, has launched a World AIDS Day campaign which explores different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. You can download campaign materials here.
This infographic poster is based on 2014 estimates from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
This infographic is based on 2014 estimates from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control monitors the HIV epidemic in Canada.
- For a summary of the most recent estimates for HIV infections in Canada, see Summary: Estimates of HIV Incidence, Prevalence and proportion Undiagnosed in Canada, 2014.
- For the full report on the recent trends and developments related to the HIV epidemic in Canada including national HIV estimates, HIV testing and reporting, population-specific analyses and risk behaviours, see HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Reports.
- For a snapshot of persons who have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS in Canada, see HIV and AIDS in Canada - Surveillance Report to December 31, 2014.
Additional resources include:
- The Epidemiology of HIV in Canada – CATIE fact sheet
- The Epidemiology of HIV in Gay Men and Other Men who have Sex with Men – CATIE fact sheet
- The epidemiology of HIV in people who inject drugs in Canada – CATIE fact sheet
- The epidemiology of HIV in females – CATIE fact sheet
- The epidemiology of HIV in youth – CATIE fact sheet
HIV in Canada: Trends and Issues for Advancing Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support through Knowledge Exchange – CATIE
- Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: People Living With HIV/AIDS – Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
- Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men – PHAC
- Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: Women – PHAC
- Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: Aboriginal Peoples – PHAC
- Population-specific HIV/AIDS status report: People from countries where HIV is endemic – Black people of African and Caribbean descent living in Canada – PHAC
World AIDS Day Suggested Resources - recommended educational resources to develop your own campaign activities
Get Tested – Canadian AIDS Society
HIV: The Basics – A plain and simple look at HIV and the immune system, staying healthy and protecting yourself and others
The Basics of HIV – An introductory webinar to HIV for people living with HIV/AIDS, community workers, and volunteers at HIV/AIDS organizations
How Can I Prevent HIV Transmission? (Infographic) – thebody.com
The Positive Side – Life stories by and for people with HIV
Body Maps – Women with HIV who are leaders in the AIDS movement in their communities in Tanzania, Zambia, and Canada are coming together in workshops organized by CATIE and the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative to create startling and beautiful body maps
TeenHealthSource – A teen site from Planned Parenthood Toronto
YouthCO – HIV and hepatitis C peer support and advice for Canadian youth
Teen Talk – A site for youth from Klinic Community Health Centre, Winnipeg
Native Youth Sexual Health Network – An organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.
SexualityandU – Sexuality education and information
Go Ask Alice – Columbia University’s health Q&A internet service
Sex, etc. – Rutgers University's “by teens, for teens” web site
Info for Teens – Sexual health web site for teens by Planned Parenthood Federation of America
For information on HIV and AIDS in Canada and the rest of the world, check out these resources:
Canadian AIDS Society (CAS)
Fast Track: Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030 – UNAIDS 2014 World AIDS Day Report
AVERT is an International HIV and AIDS charity based in the UK.
Blueprint for Action on Women & Girls and HIV/AIDS is a multi-sector coalition of HIV-positive women, Canadian and international HIV/AIDS organizations, and a variety of women’s and reproductive rights groups advocating for better prevention, services and supports for women and girls infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
International HIV/AIDS Alliance is a global partnership of nationally-based organizations working to support community action on AIDS in developing countries.
WHO and HIV/AIDS – As the directing and coordinating authority on international health, the World Health Organization (WHO) takes the lead within the UN system in the global health sector response to HIV/AIDS.
A history of HIV/AIDS
A timeline of some of the important Canadian and international developments that have occurred over the history of the HIV epidemic.
What's happening in your community for World AIDS Day?
A listing of World AIDS Day events across Canada.