World AIDS Day

Child's hands holding an HIV awareness ribbon, Cape Town, South Africa

This year, World AIDS Day falls on Thursday, December 1st, 2016. World AIDS Day was created to help raise awareness about the AIDS disease. At North County Health Services, we want to help our community become more aware of AIDS and how to prevent and treat it. There are many different ways that you or your organization can get involved in World AIDS Day, regardless if you or anyone you know has AIDS. Remember that the overall goal is to raise awareness about AIDS, so any help contributing to the project can help the mission of the project in its entirety.

How to Get Involved with World AIDS Day

Getting involved in your local community is a great way to spread the message of World AIDS Day. Whether you’re raising awareness to your family and friends or getting local organizations involved, every contribution helps the message of World AIDs Day. How you get involved is up to you, but we always encourage our community members to contribute in any way that feels right for them.

One of the best ways to get involved is to simply become informed. It’s the easiest way to be a part of the movement and it will simultaneously make you better equipped to help others. The official World AIDS Day website has some great information about HIV and AIDS to help you get started.

If you know someone who may be at risk of getting HIV or AIDS, talk to them and encourage them to get a free and confidential HIV test. While AIDS is life threatening, if HIV is caught in its earlier stages before it develops too much, then it’s possible to prevent it from developing into AIDS. In other words, the sooner you get involved, the better your chances are of helping someone get the treatment they need.

Another way to get involved in helping with World AIDS Day is to contact local health centers, businesses and organizations. Many organizations would be willing to contribute to the mission by letting advocates of World AIDS Day put up flyers and pamphlets about the event. Simply having information available at these locations is sometimes enough to get people interested enough to inquire or go looking for more information on their own.

Use the recognizable “red ribbon” to help raise awareness for this annual day of recognition. Red ribbons can come in a variety of different styles and formats that make it easy for people to get involved and showcase their support for World AIDS Day. Most red ribbons come in the form of a small pin that can be attached to clothing, book bags, purses, and more.

For more information about HIV/AIDS or how you can get a free, confidential HIV test, please call 760-736-6725 or email

We want you to stay healthy and get the treatment you need. The sooner you can get started with treatment, the safer you can be.