World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day – December 1, 2021

In 1988, the very first World AIDS Day was observed on December 1st. It is a day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against the AIDS epidemic, to show support for those living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have lost their battles to an AIDS-related illness. Action Wellness has proudly recognized World AIDS Day since its inception, and has used December 1st as a day to remember those lost to HIV, reach out to those who need our services, and shed more light on the continuing struggles of those living with HIV.

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, we continue our special public awareness campaign called “Action Heroes Wear Red”. The purpose of the campaign is to refocus attention on the continuing stigma, discrimination, and other issues which affect people living with HIV.

From 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday, December 1st , we will post our Action Hero photos, HIV facts and video messages every hour on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, and on the World AIDS Day section of our website. Be sure to follow along on December 1st as we commemorate World AIDS Day.

Watch our World AIDS Day Videos on the Action Wellness Youtube Page.

Find Our 2021 World AIDS Day Facts and Health Resources Below:

Testing & Prevention

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense damage to our world. One of its impacts is a significant drop in HIV testing and prevention. Between 2019 and 2020, 11% fewer people accessed HIV services and testing declined by 22%. Organizations that provide these services, like Action Wellness, need your support more than ever.

Perinatal Care

People who have HIV who give birth have less than a 1% chance of transmitting HIV to their babies if HIV medication is taken as prescribed through pregnancy and childbirth and viral suppression is achieved. Action Wellness offers services to people living with HIV who are pregnant to help achieve viral suppression.

COVID-19 Vaccines

The National Institutes of Health recommend that everyone living with HIV receive a COVID-19 vaccination, regardless of their T-cell count or viral load. Please consult with your primary care physician to determine the best plan for you.

Life Expectancy

People who are diagnosed with HIV early and adhere to their HIV medication regimen have a life expectancy very similar to their peers who are not living with HIV. This is just one reason why it’s so important to get tested regularly and know your status.

Philadelphia's Ending the Epidemic Plan

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has a goal to end the HIV epidemic in Philly by 2025 by using novel approaches to decrease new HIV infections by 75%. Action Wellness is proud to be a part of their plans.

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis or PEP is a pill that can be prescribed by a doctor and taken up to 72 hours after HIV exposure to prevent an HIV infection. If taken in this window, PEP is highly effective at preventing HIV.

Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U)

U=U Undetectable=Untransmittable. Once HIV infection has been suppressed for 6 months to untransmittable status, a person living with HIV cannot sexually spread the virus to anyone else. This is true for everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality!

Action Heroes Wear Red Staff Contest Winners!

2021 Winners will be posted following World AIDS Day on December 1st.

Featured Press


  • Action Wellness‘ 98.1 WOGL Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall–November 25, 2018

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