World AIDS Day
Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community
World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988 and takes place on December First. Each year on this date, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV pandemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward ending HIV.
Progress to prevent and treat HIV has been extraordinary; with HIV medicines available to help people live long, healthy lives and prevent HIV transmission.
What can I do on World AIDS Day?
- Get Tested! The best way to be a part of World AIDS Day is to know your status, and encourage others to know their status as well.
- Make a Donation to AIDS Care Ocean State!Funds are limited for our programs, and your donations will help us to reach even more people and provide even more crucial services. Click here to learn more.
- Attend a World AIDS Day event!Visit: to see what is being done around Rhode Island.
Why is World AIDS Day important?
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
The CDC estimates that about 10% of HIV positive people in Rhode Island do not know they are HIV positive, meaning that they are more likely to spread HIV, and need more intensive medical care in the long run. AIDS Care Oceans State is helping by making free, confidential rapid testing available for anyone that wants it.
There are large groups of the HIV Community that have significant barriers to HIV treatment, such as poverty, homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction. AIDS Care Ocean State helps these communities specifically, providing immediate needs and clinical care for people who
People who are HIV positive may have more than one sexually transmitted infection. AIDS Care Ocean State provides testing for HIV, but we also provide free testing for Hepatitis C and Syphilis.
People who are HIV Positive deserve to live with dignity, care and compassion. AIDS Care Ocean State is focused on the person behind their HIV status. We provide group therapy, support groups, and peer-to-peer counselors who can help HIV positive people lead full, rich lives.