World AIDS Day

The next observance of World AIDS Day is Sunday, December 1, 2015

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Around 71,300 are currently living with HIV in Canada and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.


HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day Activities – Victoria, BC

November 26, 2015

Mayor’s Formal Acknowledgement of World AIDS Day; Reading of Proclamation marking HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, World AIDS Day, and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness week

(more information on Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week)

December 1,2015

Flashmob (free hugs; high fives; fist bumps; anti-stigma messages)
Locations from 11:30-12:30; 20 minutes each site:

• Douglas & Yates
• Blanshard & Yates
• Quadra-Vancouver & Pandora (Our Place)


Candlelight Display @ Legislature Building

On the evening of World AIDS Day, join us in solidarity and remembrance from 5PM-6PM on the Legislature’s front steps.


November 21 to December 5, 2015

we are here” anti-HIV stigma project involves local people living with HIV sharing their personal stories with their fellow Victorians, reminding us all that HIV doesn’t just happen elsewhere – it happens right here, too.

In partnership with AIDS Vancouver Island and the Greater Victoria Public Library

we are here: Participating Library Locations

  • Central Branch (735 Broughton St.)
  • Central Saanich (1209 Clarke Rd., Brentwood Bay, BC)
  • Esquimalt Branch (1231 Esquimalt Rd)
  • Nellie McClung Branch (3950 Cedar Hill Rd)
  • Oak Bay Branch (91442 Monterey Ave.)

more information on we are here

Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) 205 - 1120 Yates Street, Coast Salish Territories, Victoria, BC. V8V 3M9
Phone: 250.382.7927 | Fax: 250.382.3232 | Toll Free: 1.877.382.7927 | | | Login