World AIDS Day is a day to unite and encourage our communities to talk about HIV/AIDS, and to remind and educate us that the HIV epidemic is still a major health issue. Together, we show our support for people living with and affected by HIV and remember those we have lost to AIDS-defining illness. World AIDS Day aims to encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting prevention strategies; and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.
On the 1st of December each year we celebrate the progress that we have made in response to HIV. The research, care, treatment and prevention currently in place give us hope for the future, we are progressing in a positive direction. However, we must ensure that no one is left behind. Stigma and discrimination remain an ongoing issue in our fight against HIV. The national World AIDS Day theme for Australia in 2022 is Boldly Positive.
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This year on World AIDS Day, Meridian will host an early morning event with brief words from Meridian CEO Ms Philippa Moss followed by tea and coffee. This event will provide an opportunity to gather as a community, show solidarity with people living with HIV, and remember those we have lost to an AIDS-related illness.
Please join us at the AIDS Garden of Reflection at the National Arboretum Canberra. RSVPs are required. Please RSVP below.
If you cannot attend the event, we encourage you to buy and distribute merchandise to your colleagues or loved ones. You can find the form to buy merchandise below.