How HIV Advocates around the world commemorate World AIDS Day

November 15, 2014

#WorldAIDSDay has been held every year since 1988 around the world. It is an opportunity for HIV advocates around the world to unite in the fight against HIV and show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who died. Globally an estimated 34 million people are living with HIV. In the Asia Pacific region, the AIDS response in #GettingtoZero has seen some great successes such as the growing number of people receiving life-saving ART, increase in domestic financing and more focus on addressing stigma and discrimination. Effective community leadership in the region has led to organized, dynamic and innovative methods and activities towards #endingAIDS.


However as the UNAIDS 2013 Report has shown, there are risks that the efforts in the Asia Pacific region may stagnate. We are seeing new HIV epidemics in local geographic areas and among key populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and people who inject drugs (PWIDs). Only 1 in 2 female sex workers, and 1 in 3 MSM and PWID in the region are aware of their HIV status. Every hour, there are 40 new infections. Discriminatory laws and policies, such as the reinstatement of Section 377 in India and a recent strike down of a constitutional challenge to Section 377A in Singapore mean that MSM are criminalized and discouraged from accessing HIV prevention, care and support services.


The pace of progress needs to be redoubled in order sustain past achievements, drive results and meet global AIDS targets by the end of 2015. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remind the public and governments that HIV has not gone away. We still need a spotlight on HIV. We need to spread awareness on old and new prevention technologies such as condoms, PrEP and microbicides, and make sure that people can access their right to quality health care and treatment that is respectful and compassionate.


So what can you do on World AIDS Day 2014? Take inspiration from National AIDS Trust in the UK where people organize events, share resources, organize fundraisers, link up with existing campaigns or simply wear a Red Ribbon on the Day to show solidarity and intent to #endHIV.


HIV Advocates has been running a social media campaign to fight the stigma and discrimination that are major challenges towards fighting AIDS. Share HIV Advocates New Research Agenda: #IntoleranceVaccine, #AntiViolenceCondom and #AntiHatePill. Visit the HIV Advocates website for more on what community-based groups do everyday to #endHIV. Get the public talking, start a conversation, and learn how to put knowledge into action.

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Advocacy 2.0 Website and Logo Launch

January 10, 2013

Advocacy [2.0] commemorated this year’s World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012 by launching its new logo and website. Through the growth and evolution of Advocacy [2.0] as an AIDS advocacy organization, a new logo has been created along with a new website to provide tools and information required for effective AIDS and HIV advocacy work.
One of the main features of the new website is the “Existing Tools” section which houses an incredible collection of resources for new and experienced advocates. The “Existing Tools” is great for new or experienced advocates, and includes items such as links for volunteering, best practices on collaboration, promotional tools for social media, and methods to engage decision makers.

A powerful networking medium used in advocacy work is social media and in this revision of the website, direct links and posts to Advocacy [2.0] social media accounts have been added, allowing continuous communication of information within the HIV and AIDS advocacy community. In addition to the website, the Advocacy 2.0 Facebook page is another resource that is updated frequently with useful news, resources and case studies.

For those advocates that prefer face-to-face interaction, information on the Advocacy [2.0] summit and an event calendar has been made available. The event calendar is also an open source tool with a downloadable widget that can be used in any individual or organization advocacy’s websites.

As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Advocacy [2.0]’s website relaunch continues to share the successes of HIV and AIDS advocacy from around the globe to unite and work together in a common goal of stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS.

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