World AIDS Day 2017 Events

World AIDS Day 2017 Events

Nov 29

World AIDS Day, held on the 1st December each year, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this.  You can also show your support by donating to the Ragon Institute’s fight to discover a vaccine or by attending one of these local or online events:




UNAIDS World AIDS Day Event

When: 11:AM-12:00PM Wednesday, November 20, 2016
Where: Trustee Council Chamber, United Nations, New York or online at or UNAIDS Facebook


UNAIDS special event to commemorate World AIDS Day and to honor the leadership of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his legacy of leaving no one behind in the response to ending the AIDS epidemic


Please note that this event will be held on Wednesday, not Thursday.



World AIDS Day Symposium

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 8:00 – 9:30 AM • Coffee & Breakfast Provided
Where: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health • Kresge G2


In 2015, experts were caught off guard when an HIV epidemic exploded in a rural Indiana town. Prescription painkillers were being ground up and injected, often with shared needles, an easy route for HIV transmission.


The U.S. is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,379 people died of an overdose in Massachusetts last year. The threat of another HIV outbreak among injection drug users looms, not only in the U.S., but around the world. The symposium will address the current opioid crisis and ways to limit or prevent future HIV outbreaks.


Dr. John T. Brooks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Indiana HIV/HCV Outbreak: Implications for Prevention


Dr. Lisa J. Messersmith
Boston University School of Public Health
From Global to Local: Understanding and Addressing the Behavioral and Structural Vulnerability to HIV among People Who Inject Drugs in Ghana


Dr. Alexander Y. Walley
Boston University Medical School
Applying Lessons Learned from HIV to the Overdose Crisis in Massachusetts


Moderated by Dr. Roger Shapiro, Harvard AIDS Initiative | More information




Providence/Boston CFAR World AIDS Day Event

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Where: Boston Medical Center, Crosstown Building, Room 2128


In celebration of World AIDS Day, the Providence/Boston CFAR is sponsoring a World AIDS Day Symposium on December 1, 2016 at Boston University/Boston Medical Center.


Presentations from current and past CFAR developmental awardees will begin the day at 9:00am which will provide an opportunity to hear about some of the new research being done in the area of HIV/AIDS by our investigators.


Susan Cu-Uvin, the Director of the Providence/Boston CFAR, will discuss what the CFAR can do for you and your HIV research and we will have two separate networking sessions that will bring together HIV/AIDS researchers with similar interests with the ultimate goal of developing new collaborations and hearing about current research being done by our investigators.


The afternoon session will begin with a keynote presentation by Sydney Rosen of the Boston University School of Public Health, followed by presentations by Drs. Sabrina Assoumou and Abby Rudolph of Boston University and Lynn E. Taylor of Brown University.


Agenda (pdf)  |  More information



Getting to Zero World AIDS Day Event

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:00 PM. – 8:00 PM
Where: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School  | Directions


Join the Getting to Zero Coalition of Massachusetts in commemorating World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1.


The evening will launch the release the Getting to Zero Blueprint, Massachusetts’ comprehensive plan to eliminate new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths, and stigma.


Enjoy a reception with fellow HIV/AIDS activists from across the state as we celebrate Ending the Epidemic, Together.  Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.


Hosted by the Getting to Zero Coalition of Massachusetts. | Sponsored by AIDS Action Committee and Fenway Health | More Information
HIV/AIDS by the numbers statistics via UNAIDS.