Prepare for World AIDS Day

Mobilizing your community’s support for World AIDS Day may require some effort, but the result will be worth it. It’s a good idea to have a plan for mobilization in place prior to December 1.

Important steps include defining what role your organization plays in preventing HIV in your community, and analyzing your organizational strengths as well as identifying areas for improvement.

This checklist will help guide you in developing your plan.

Consider accomplishments and upcoming opportunities
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  • What are you proud of having done this year? Did you achieve a specific goal, serve more people than last year, or help a specific person overcome challenges?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your services – Did it force you to innovate, highlight room for improvement in your processes, or test your emergency preparedness?
  • What do the data tell you about your community’s most important issues? You can use CDC’s HIV Statistics Center and AtlasPlus to learn about HIV trends and gaps at the national and local level. Consider how your program’s or local health department’s data compares to the national numbers and indicatorspdf icon. Are there areas that need attention?
  • Who can help and what do they need to do?
Decide your main message for World AIDS Day
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  • Which of the global themes or domestic themes do you feel your organization has most effectively addressed?
  • Which future opportunity is the most straightforward to explain?
  • Is there a 2021 accomplishment that shows momentum?
  • Would you like to see specific persons or organizations take action?
Aim to both inform and inspire others. Here are examples that do both:

“Our staff wrote (#) PrEP prescriptions this year. To help end the HIV epidemic, patients who would benefit from PrEP should be told about it after getting an HIV test and during each checkup.”

“Ending the HIV epidemic requires us to recognize and address the social challenges that block marginalized groups from equal access to services. We are proud to serve clients who are outside the gender binary, and to help them live authentically by providing the tools they need to prevent HIV and to stay healthy if they have HIV.”

“We are here to help people with HIV. Recently, a patient overheard cruel comments from people they knew about HIV, which caused them to end their treatment. After a lengthy break and counseling from one of our doctors, they resumed HIV treatment. Ending the HIV epidemic also means ending stigma against people with HIV.”

“Although COVID-19 restrictions continued to pose many challenges, our organization served (#) youth in 2021. We provided HIV self-testing through at-home kits and shared detailed information on emergency HIV prevention and treatment services. Youth diagnosed with HIV are the least likely of any age group to be linked to care in a timely manner. We continue to innovate in order to meet their needs during the pandemic.”

Page last reviewed: November 16, 2021