World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit

Word AIDS Day 35

This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit.” This annual event serves as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, an opportunity to honor those we have lost, and a rallying cry to commit to working toward a day when HIV is no longer a public health threat.

The first World AIDS Day took place in 1988, providing a platform to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and honor the lives affected by the epidemic. This year marks the 35th commemoration of this important day. Over the past 35 years, there has been significant progress in addressing HIV and AIDS thanks to advancements in medical research, increased access to treatment and prevention, and a broader understanding of the virus.

Remembering Those We’ve Lost

Kaye Hayes, MPA, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infectious Disease, Director of the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), and Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and Timothy P. Harrison, PhD, Principal Deputy Director of OIDP, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS, share personal memories about those lost to HIV. Watch the conversation in this blog post or below.

World AIDS Day Events

Tune in –’s Livestream

On Monday, December 4, 2023, at 1:30 pm ET, watch a livestreamed conversation with Mr. Phillips. You can watch this conversation on’s FacebookExit Disclaimer and YouTube pages, as well as OIDP’s LinkedInExit Disclaimer page. This discussion will highlight federal World AIDS Day activities and emphasize the importance of reflecting upon those we’ve lost throughout the HIV epidemic.

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