World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
UNAIDS took the lead on campaigning for World AIDS Day from its creation until 2004. From 2004 onwards the World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee began selecting a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with civil society, organisations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response.
Themes run for one or two years and are not just specific to World AIDS Day. Campaigning slogans such as ‘Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise’ have been used year-round to hold governments accountable for their HIV and AIDS related commitments.
- 2017: My health, my right
- 2016: Hands up for #HIVPREVENTION
- 2015: On the fast track to end AIDS
- 2014 Close the Gap
- 2013: Zero Discrimination
- 2012: Getting to Zero
- 2011: Getting to Zero - Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths
- 2010: Universal Access and Human Rights
- 2009: Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise
- 2008: Lead, Empower, Deliver
- 2007: Take the Lead: Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise
- 2006: Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise
- 2005: Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise
- 2004: Have you heard me today?
- 2003: Live and Let Live!
- 2002: Live and Let Live!
- 2001: I care, do you?
- 2000: AIDS: Men Make a Difference
- 1999: The Children Left Behind