World AIDS Day is observed across the globe on December 1 each year. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) caused by the spread of HIV infection.
December 1st is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. Wherever you are in the world on December 1st, there’s a good chance you can find a local organization committed to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Your ERG or workplace can also play an important role. Here are ten ways you can raise awareness of HIV/AIDS on December 1st at work:
- Have red ribbons available and encourage people to wear them on Dec. 1 to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.
- Put up posters about World AIDS Day from some of the organizations listed here.
- Be informed about your company’s policies and your country’s laws that prevent discrimination against people with HIV.
- Donate or raise money for an HIV-related cause locally or globally.
- Announce upcoming trainings for managers and employees about HIV in the workplace and how your company can implement best practices. (See the Workplace Resources section in our previous post of resources for great tools).
- Write an article in your company’s newsletter or blog about the impact of HIV on businesses or talk about the ways in which your company has been affected by HIV (while respecting the confidentiality of people with HIV).
- Send out links to a fact sheet, informational game or quiz about HIV to raise people’s knowledge about HIV.
- Provide information about HIV testing in your local area. Knowing your status and getting treatment early is critical to maintaining health, resulting in fewer sick days and disruptions in life.
- Advocate for corporate sponsorship of an AIDS advocacy organization, non-profit or NGO.
- Take care of your own health, including taking steps to prevent HIV or treat it.