Why, Hello there December! It’s hard to believe the last month of the year is finally here. And in the lyrics of the classic, rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, “Wake up, wake up, wake up, it’s the first of the month.” But December 1st marks more than just the beginning of the end of the year. Today is World AIDS Day, and is the one day in the year where people officially unite, wake up and fight against HIV.

Story By: Amanda Del Mar
Media By: NAT, Durex, Uber

Back in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first global health day ever held, to support those living with the illness. Many advancements have been made through funding and research for HIV treatment, but still, over 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS, and the fight continues as there is no cure. To celebrate and support World AIDS Day, here is how you can educate yourself and others, and raise awareness for one of the biggest battles our world faces today.

World AIDS Day Ribbon

So that’s what those red ribbons are!
Inspired by the yellow ribbons tied to trees in support of US Military troops fighting in the Gulf, the Red Ribbon symbol was born. Many causes show support through designated colors, and if you’re supporting awareness for those living with HIV, you’ll want to wear red. Buy a ribbon from the NAT shop, or from supporting partners. Just keep an eye out for the red ribbons, or you can get in touch with your creative side and design your own ribbon from craft store materials. The symbol shows your support and can inspire others to do the same.

Condom Emoji

Condom Emoji? Yes, please!
Condom-maker, Durex, has also made some modern day strides to push for safe sex awareness. As you may know, one of the way HIV is spread is through bodily fluids, and wrapping up during sex is one way to protect yourself and your partner. So Durex is proposing that a “safe-sex emoji” be created. It took some time for the “middle finger” emoji to see the light of day, and we just might get the #CondomEmoji soon.

World AIDS Day Kissing Booth

Free Kisses
One big awareness message for World Aids Day is “Kissing Doesn’t Spread HIV. Ignorance Does.” Today, in Soho Square in London, Attitude Magazine and Sink The Pink set up a Kissing Booth. So if you’re in the area, head over and spread some love, not disease.

World AIDS Day Uber

Ride Red with Uber
Ride in an UBER today, and choose the option to donate to the Global Fund, which not only supports the movement against AIDS but also Tuberculosis and Malaria.

World Aids Day Fact

More Red, Less Selfies
Put the selfies on hold and fill your feeds with red and support World AIDS Day. Don’t forget to hashtag #RETHINKHIV and #WORLDAIDSDAY.