World AIDS Day

1 December

World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world. It has become one of the most widely recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have died, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

Having achieved the global target of halting and reversing the spread of HIV, world leaders have set the 2020 “Fast-track” targets to accelerate the HIV response and to “End AIDS by 2030”. On World AIDS Day 2016, WHO will be promoting new innovative HIV testing policies, urging countries and communities to deploy high-impact prevention services, and further expand early and quality treatment for all, addressing geographical disparities and leaving no one behind.

Every year on World AIDS Day, the WHO Regional Office for Europe together with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control publishes an annual report on HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe including the number of HIV and AIDS cases in all 53 member states.