HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The goal of universal health coverage, led by the World Health Organisation, embraces the 36.7 million people living with HIV along with people who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic.

Wear a red ribbon this year to show your support and raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.

Take a quiz to test your knowledge of HIV.

In the UK, people living with HIV are protected by law. However stigma and discrimination remains commonplace. If you would like guidance about this do contact us.

Events in Brighton and Hove

Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, BN2 5BE
Sexual Health and Contraception Service (SHAC) and the Lawson Unit will have a presence in the Audrey Emerton Building Foyer from 8.30am until 2.30pm with red ribbons and representatives from SHAC, and HIV In/Out Patients will be reading at the vigil that evening.

Reflect – HIV:VIH. What does World Aids Day mean to you?

Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton, BN2 1RL
Friday 1st December, drop in anytime between 12 noon and 5pm.
Interact with a variety of reflection stations (alone or with others), to make your own personal World Aids Day journey. The HIV Chaplain will be available throughout.

Community Drop-In at Lunch Positive
Main hall (1st floor), Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton, BN2 1RL.
Friday December 1st, from 3.30pm until 5.30pm. This is an informal community event. Lunch Club volunteers will be on hand to make everyone welcome and we invite to you to come along for tea & coffee and something tasty to eat before the World AIDS Day Vigil & Reading of Names. There is no charge, and we really hope to see as many people as possible. The building is fully accessible. For more information email

New Steine Gardens Memorial Space – Lunch Positive Refreshments Stall
New Steine Gardens, Kemp Town, Brighton
Friday December 1st, from 4pm.

Brighton AIDS Memorial Candlelight Vigil
New Steine Gardens, Kemp Town, Brighton
Friday December 1st, 6 – 7pm.
All are welcome to attend the remembrance event of those we have lost to HIV/AIDS in Brighton and Hove.

World AIDS day concert
Now in its 11th year, 2017 once again sees Brighton & Hove’s LGBT choirs and musicians joining forces to put on their annual World AIDS Day fundraising concert. The venue, St. Mary’s Church, is a 2 minute walk from the AIDS Memorial and the concert starts at 7:30pm. Funds raised will be donated to Lunch Positive, who will be serving mince pies and mulled wine on the night.