Red ribbon - it is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

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HIV is spread by anal or vaginal sex without a condom, from an infected mother to her baby (during childbirth or breastfeeding) and by sharing needles. In rare cases HIV is spread through oral sex and sharps injuries.

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The red ribbon supports the 20 Australians diagnosed with HIV each week.

HIV is still here. Wear a red ribbon on World AIDS Day.

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