As Australia gets closer to achieving its target of no new HIV transmissions by 2020, advocates say World AIDS Day is more important than ever.
World AIDS Day is held every year on 1 December. The day aims raise awareness of HIV and to commemorate those who have died.
The annual Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal plays a big role in helping to raise important funds for HIV programs. One of Australia’s leading LGBTI health organizations, ACON, is looking for volunteers are needed to help sell the iconic red ribbons.
Based in New South Wales, ACON has played a large role in the 39% drop in new HIV cases in the state.
‘After over 30 years of battling HIV/AIDS, we are currently experiencing the lowest rates of new HIV transmissions since 1985. This means that we now have the very real capacity to end HIV transmission within the near future,’ said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill.
‘So this year, we’re asking people to join us and help make HIV history by getting involved in the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal.
‘By volunteering to sell ribbons on the street or in your workplace, or by purchasing and wearing a red ribbon, you can help raise money to fund programs and services that are vital to ending HIV transmission in NSW.
‘You’ll also be helping spread the word about how we can end HIV by testing often, treating early and staying safe.’
How to help
People can volunteer to sell ribbons on the street, bulk order ribbons and sell them to family and friends, or order a countertop box and sell ribbons to customers or colleagues. For more information and to register, visit: www.redribbonappeal.org.au