United Church of Christ

World AIDS Day

Each day a person in the world is living with HIV is a World AIDS Day.

December 1 is the annual observance of World AIDS Day.

2018 Theme:
Live life positively – know your HIV status

UCAN's 2018 World AIDS Day Statement

The need for increased HIV response is urgent. We are in a brief window of opportunity for ending the HIV epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Taking advantage of this window of opportunity will make a world of difference.

The #1 thing everyone can do to respond to the HIV epidemic is to know their status.

The best way to know your HIV status is to get tested.

Live Life Positively: 3602HIV trailer (UNAIDS video)

 

Fast Tracking the HIV Response

According to UNAIDS, "Front-loading investments in this fragile window up to 2020 could reduce new HIV infections by 89% and AIDS-related deaths by 81% by 2030." If we stay the current course, and fail to fast-track the response, we stand to lose the gains we've made with devastating consequences to the health and lives of millions of people the world over. There can be no clearer or compelling moral imperative for people of faith.

The time to act is now!

The time to scale-up our response is now!

The importance of the whole church engaging in HIV response has never been more critical.  As never before, there is a path to ending the epidemic in our lifetime.  The implementation of the 27th General Synod's resolution, "Calling for Comprehensive HIV Prevention in Church and Community," is the road map for the UCC, inviting the whole church to be faithful to do all it can.

As you plan for this global observance, please use the following resources, adapting them according to the needs of your particular context.

2018: A Balm in Gilead: A Sermonette and Prayerpoem” for World AIDS Day, December 1 by Marvin K. White

Common Voice

Common Voice on Vimeo, a responsive reading video for use in worship.

Common Voice Responsive Reading

HIV Testing Resources:

Find fast, free and confidential HIV testing near you.

Podcast: National UCC Conversation on HIV Testing

World Council of Churches Clergy Testing Campaign

UNAIDS "Know Your Status"

 

About Getting to ZERO

Information and Fact Sheets

More Worship/Spiritual Resources

Global Ministries - Projects, Stories, Resources
Global Ministries is the common witness of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) responsible for nurturing relationships with international partners on behalf of Disciples and the UCC.

Advent Calendar and other resources from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Education

TheBody.com continues to be among the best for a wide-range of HIV information.

HIV-related Videos on the UCC YouTube Channel

UNAIDS - World AIDS Day

U.S. National AIDS Strategy

UN Political Declaration (June 2011)

Global HIV Strategic Investment Framework

Campaigns

More Resources