World AIDS Day 2021


What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day, December 1, which also launches the start of Indigenous 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.

This year’s World AIDS Day comes in the midst of another global epidemic: the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health response to these epidemics is linked. The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care. And without strategies to meet these needs, we may see a resurgence of HIV that would threaten our public health response to COVID-19.

As HIV funding goes down, HIV infections in Canada increase. We can stop this

Why have HIV infections been increasing when we have more and better prevention options at our disposal than ever before?

Ask our federal decision-makers, who have not increased funding for the HIV response since 2008, and even fell short on spending the funds that had been allocated to the federal HIV initiative.

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HIV/AIDS in Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) monitors the HIV epidemic in Canada. PHAC estimated that at the end of 2018 there were 62,050 Canadians with HIV. An estimated 87% of the people in Canada with HIV were diagnosed and aware they had HIV. This means that an estimated 13% of people with HIV were undiagnosed at the end of 2018.

For a summary of the most recent estimates for HIV infections in Canada see Estimates of HIV incidence, prevalence and Canada's progress on meeting the 90-90-90 HIV targets, 2018.

World AIDS Day digital toolkit

Are you looking for images, videos and sample messaging to promote #WorldAIDSDay and Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week (#IAAW) in your organization's email newsletters or social media channels? CATIE has created a toolkit with downloadable multimedia files. Check it out.

Order resources for World AIDS Day 2021

Visit the CATIE Ordering Centre for recommended educational resources to spread awareness in your community.

Build your own HIV testing postcard or poster

Use our new online tool to design a postcard or poster with a key message about HIV testing that you think will resonate best with your community. You can choose from six messages and 10 images and customize your resource with information on where to get tested in your region. Testing is something that anyone can do to take care of their own health, and the health of others in their community. Get creative!

Share information about HIV

Watch and share these CATIE videos:

PEP: Preventing HIV after a potential exposure

COVID-19 and HIV

Take an online course on HIV

Visit for CATIE’s self-directed online courses for service providers:


Get more information

Learn more about HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care from CATIE’s publications.

For youth-friendly information, check out Sexfluent, a site for youth from the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).

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.