World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December every year to raise awareness of the fight against HIV and show support to people living with HIV. It's estimated that 34 million people across the world have HIV.
Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS.
HIV in the UK
It is estimated around 103,700 people are living with HIV in the UK, and around 17% are unaware they are HIV positive.
FPA supports National HIV Testing Week, this year taking place from 18–24 November 2017, to help increase testing and reduce stigma around HIV.
View the latest data on HIV in the UK from Public Health England.
People Living With HIV Stigma Index UK
FPA has been working with Public Health England and the People Living With HIV Stigma Index to gather vital information about stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV.
More than 1,500 people from around the UK completed a survey about their experiences, including in health care, employment and faith settings, and their life with partners, family and friends. The results of the project were released to mark World AIDS Day in 2015.
How FPA can help
FPA provides help and advice on HIV and testing including the symptoms, where to get tested and what treatment is available. We also cover how to help protect yourself from HIV and enjoy safer sex.
An FPA HIV information booklet is available as part of our series of booklets for health professionals.
Our FPA condom demonstrator has helped hundreds of professionals to promote safer sex. Developed with the knowledge and experience of FPA staff, the demonstrator is one of our most popular resources.
Resource for teachers
Halve It campaign
Halve It is a coalition of national experts working with all levels of government and the NHS to halve the proportion of people undiagnosed and diagnosed late with HIV by 2020 through public policy reform and implementation of good practice. The Halve It coalition is supported by the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Liberal Democrats. The Department of Health, Public Health England, NICE and the LGA participate in the Halve It campaign as observer members.
Visit the Halve It campaign website to find out how you can help.
World AIDS Day website
Visit the World AIDS Day website for more information on how to get involved.