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World AIDS Day 2018: Know Your Status

“Know your status” is the theme for this year’s World AIDS Day, which marks its 30th anniversary on December 1. According to UNAIDS, roughly a quarter of people living with HIV do not know their status, and many more are not receiving the treatment and prevention services they need. HIV testing is critical to achieving the first “90” of UNAIDS’ “90-90-90” targets: ensuring that 90% of all people living with HIV know their status by 2020.


UNAIDS advocates for investment in expanding HIV testing programs and for large-scale implementation of innovative testing approaches. At the same time it calls for the elimination of remaining barriers to HIV testing, such as stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to confidential testing.

Organizations, communities, and individuals around the world will observe World AIDS Day with events and activities on and around December 1.

At the fifth annual HIV Cure Summit on Wednesday, November 28, amfAR will team up with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), for a World AIDS Day community update on HIV cure research. Participants will learn about the latest developments and get a range of perspectives—from UCSF researchers involved in cure-focused clinical trials, community advocates working on behalf of people living with HIV, and basic scientists applying cutting-edge technologies to the search for a cure.

The Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health will observe World AIDS Day 2018 on November 30 with an event titled “More Than Three Decades: Inspiring HIV Discoveries Through Basic Science Research.” Featuring researchers from across the NIH and other HIV/AIDS experts, it will focus on the role basic scientific research plays in developing effective treatment and prevention methods in the fight against HIV.

The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) will hold its annual Heroes in the Struggle gala and awards presentation in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 1. The event will be hosted by BAI board member Jussie Smollett and honorees include actors Billy Porter and Gabourey Sidibe, Atlanta-based physician Dr. David Malebranche, and activist Gabriel Maldonado.

For ideas on how you can raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and encourage people to get tested, see