World AIDS Day 2009
December 1, 2009
Participate in a World AIDS Day Event co-sponsored by NASW.
The focus of World AIDS Day 2009 is Universal Access and Human Rights. World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting stigma and discrimination, and improving education. For social workers worldwide - World AIDS Day provides the opportunity to remind others that HIV/AIDS remains a global health issue.
World AIDS Day also provides an opportunity to take action and ensure that human rights are protected for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. Promoting individual human rights challenges the barriers created by stigma and discrimination, and works to ensure the right to access to comprehensive health and behavioral health services.
Globally, the social work professional must continue our efforts for inclusion of HIV/AIDS issues into development efforts, emphasizing awareness, prevention, and care and treatment as priority areas to be actively included in organizational systems and policies.
Get tested for HIV
- Practice safer methods to prevent HIV
- Decide not to engage in high-risk behaviors
Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
- Provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS