World AIDS Day 2017


World AIDS Day, held each year on 1 December, is an opportunity for people worldwide to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died.

Burnet’s HIV researchers and public health professionals working in HIV prevention and treatment will be supporting a range of activities across Victoria, and in our international project areas in Myanmar and Papua New Guinea. Stay tuned for more information.

World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to bring the Victorian community, public health professionals and laboratory researchers together to highlight the progress made in the fight against HIV and AIDS.” – Dr Clovis Palmer, Burnet Institute HIV researcher.

HIV research at Burnet

More than 36 million people are living with HIV and AIDS, including more than 29,000 Australians. Its been more than 30 years since its emergence, yet it remains one of the greatest challenges to human health with an estimated 1.8 million people losing their lives to AIDS-related illnesses each year.

Although deaths from AIDS-related illness are decreasing since their peak of 2.3 million in 2005, the need for a cure is urgent.

HIV is a major focus of research at Burnet. You can make a donation to support our ground breaking HIV research and prevention today.

Wear a red ribbon on World AIDS Day

Wearing the red ribbon signifies awareness and support for people living with HIV.

The symbol was created in 1991 when a group of 12 artists met for a new project for New York arts organisation Visual AIDS, which raises awareness of HIV.

Date & Time

Friday, 1 December, 2017



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Contact Details

For more information about this event, please contact:

Paul Rathbone

Head, Public Affairs & Development; Government Relations