Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. HIV is no longer a death sentence. However, people’s attitudes can make living with HIV really hard. Some things from the 1980s and 1990s are worth revisiting, but HIV stigma isn’t one of them. It’s time to end HIV stigma.
The problems that the 'rest of the population' creates for me makes living with HIV difficult to the point where taking my medication, remaining unemployed and choosing friends carefully appears to be the only comfortable option.
This World AIDS Day, help us put HIV stigma firmly in the past where it belongs, by joining our Not Retro, Just Wrong campaign.
Take a stand against HIV stigma on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram this World AIDS Day.
Share a funny or embarrassing picture of you (or your parents!) from the 80s or 90s, to show that although some retro styles have come back in to fashion some things should be left in the past, including HIV stigma. Or share one of our campaign posters, below. Remember to hashtag #HIVNotRetro
World AIDS Day is the perfect opportunity to make sure your MP is thinking about HIV and supporting their constituents who are living with and affected by HIV. That's why this November our HIV Activists network will be writing to their MPs to ask they show leadership on HIV stigma in Parliament in their community in the lead-up to 1 December. One way they can do this is by wearing a red ribbon at Prime Minister's Questions and in their local area. We also want to encourage MPs to visit local HIV support services to understand the issues affecting their constituents.
Help us fill Parliament with red ribbons this World AIDS Day! Write to your MP, using our easy letter template – and then share with your friends!
Share the #HIVNotRetro campaign in your workplace, school or university. Post a Not Retro poster. Hold a Not Retro awareness day, for example by asking people to wear 80s or 90s fashion or to have a retro-themed lunch.
Wear a red ribbon on World AIDS Day. The red ribbon is an internationally recognised way to show support and solidarity to the millions of people living with HIV.
If you like the idea of holding a World AIDS Day event, check out our ideas for how you can raise awareness and fundraise at the same time.