World AIDS Day

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day takes place on 1st of December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Why is World AIDS Day important?

Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, 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. World AIDS Day is important because 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.

What can I do on World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. Others also attend memorial vigils to honor those who have passed away. We invite you to attend the programming our student organization host yearly. To find more information, please read the rest of this page for updated information as it becomes available.

As part of the World AIDS Day, the Spectrum Center will be working with student organizations and other campus affiliates to provide events and recognition to World AIDS Day.

For more information on any event please contact the Spectrum Center by phone at 785-532-5352 or e-mail at

December 1st: World AIDS Day

Candlelight Vigil - *Date/Time/Location Pending*

Red Ribbon Ball - Postponed Until 2021

Details To Be Announced