World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and unites the world in our fight against HIV/AIDS.

Upcoming Events

World AIDS Day 2018: Friday, Nov. 30, 11:00am-1:00pm

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Every year since 1988 the world has come together on December 1st to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic and serves as a day of remembrance to those who have lost their lives to AIDS. 

On Friday, November 30, 2018, at 11:00am, the Housing Works community will come together with our END AIDS NY 2020 coalition allies for our fifth joint community World AIDS Day event. Please join us at Baruch College’s Mason Hall, for World AIDS Day 2018, to remember those we’ve lost, to raise our voices and tell our stories to break through stigma of all kinds, and to gather in solidarity in the fight for an end to New York's AIDS epidemic by 2020.

WHAT: Annual WORLD AIDS DAY 2018 community commemoration, co-hosted by the End AIDS NY 2020 coalition, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYS Health Department

WHEN: Friday, November 30th, 11:00am-1:00pm

WHERE: Mason Hall, Baruch College, 17 Lexington Avenue (entrance on 23rd Street), New York, NY

RSVP: RSVP via Eventbrite. RSVPing is strongly recommended, so we can have a decent sense of our turnout. 

TRAVEL: 6 train to 23rd St. Station

DETAILS: New York community leaders, activists, artists, elected officials, and medical providers will gather at Baruch College’s Mason Hall for the fifth annual World AIDS Day commemoration. Performances will include Fogo Azul New York City, an all-female Brazilian drumline band, and Los Pleneros de la 21, vanguards of Puerto Rican traditional music. As in past years, the event is co-hosted by the End AIDS NY 2020 coalition (comprised of over 60 community-based organizations), the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYS Health Department.

ACCESSIBILITY: The event will be wheelchair-accessible and a sign-language interpreter will be on hand to make the program accessible for the hearing-impaired. Seating will also be available for attendees with disabilities or health conditions.

EVENT THEME: This year’s theme is “Breaking Through Stigma,” which gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about the obstacles stigma and discrimination create for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, especially around accessing optimal healthcare and support; to mobilize stakeholders; and to develop and share solutions through community engagement and strategic policy advocacy. As we continue to work toward ending the epidemic, it is critical for local and state government and the community to come together to ensure that all New Yorkers – regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, income, or immigration status – have equitable access to health care, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment. Compassionate, comprehensive care is a right, and New York must continue to be a global and national leader in reimagining what health care and health equity can and should be.

To see what we’re doing to end the epidemic, please visit our advocacy page.

For more information about World AIDS Day visit:

World AIDS Day through the Years

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Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

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