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NIH World AIDS Day 35 Event: Achieving Excellence and Equity in HIV Research

Please join us on December 1, 2023 for a powerful, live, virtual event as NIH commemorates the 35th World AIDS Day. Tune in for remarks from the White House, NIH, and a panel of external experts as we explore ways to ensure that no community is left behind as we work to end the global pandemic. Learn more about the event.

World AIDS Day December 1, 2023December 1 is World AIDS Day: a day to unite in efforts to end the global HIV pandemic, show support for those living with HIV, and remember those who have lost their lives to the disease. 

World AIDS Day—the first global health day—was observed for the first time in 1988, a decade in which the average life expectancy for an individual with AIDS was three years after diagnosis. Today, HIV is a manageable chronic condition for those with access to treatment and services. But despite this progress, much work remains. Ongoing support for HIV and AIDS research is critical to ending the pandemic and improving the health of people with HIV. 

To call attention to this need, the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) leads the annual NIH observance of World AIDS Day. Each year, as the steward of the world’s largest public-sector investment in HIV/AIDS research, NIH: 

  • convenes a cross-sector and cross-disciplinary group of research partners to discuss recent progress and discuss the challenges that remain
  • shares an update on the current state and future of HIV research
  • collaborates extensively with federal partners inside and outside NIH, including, to coordinate efforts. 

Learn more about previous observances below. 

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Past Observances 

This page last reviewed on December 1, 2023