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World AIDS Day – 1 December 2013

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December each year, is an important opportunity when governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals around the world bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic and emphasize the critical need for a committed, meaningful and sustained response.

The global theme for World AIDS Day from 2011-2015, as selected by the World AIDS Campaign, is “Getting to Zero.” Backed by the United Nations, the “Getting to Zero” campaign focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.

How to get your Faith Community Involved in Worlds AIDS Day

  • A World AIDS Day Liturgy, developed by the EAA, is available in English, French, Spanish, and German. The liturgy will contain scripture readings and prayers that may be adapted to your local context.

  • Other EAA liturgies and worship resources from past World AIDS Days are available in the EAA's HIV and AIDS Campaign resources page

    • Some EAA members and partners develop their own resources for World AIDS Day that may inspire your World AIDS Day events this year. They include:
      • The Christian AIDS Bureau of Southern Africa (CABSA) and the CARIS programme in South Africa highlight resources focusing on the Christian response to HIV at their website. These include Bible messages, prayers, poems, stories and liturgies.
      • The Balm Gilead has developed a number of resources around the National Week of Prayer for Healing of AIDS, observed in the United States in March each year. These resources include a guide on how to develop a sermon around HIV and AIDS and an online worship book containing liturgy, prayers, and hymns that may be used in World AIDS day services, Both resources may be downloaded here
      • Church of Scotland has also produced some useful resources, available here
  • Congregations and faith communities may also consider inviting a person living openly with HIV to be a guest speaker at a World AIDS Day service or event.

Reflect and pray with the new 'Live the Promise' Advent Calendar

Continue your World AIDS Day reflections into Advent with an online devotional calendar in English, Spanish and French. Written by EAA members from around the globe, short devotions on current HIV issues will lead leaders in daily Biblical reflection and prayer from 1 December until 6 January. You can subscribe to receive devotions by email, or plan to visit the site daily at

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World AIDS Day Resources and Pages

2013 Liturgy

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Other Resources:

Howard Lukhele collage - Art for AIDS International (link)

Liturgies, advent calendars and other resources from previous years

Examples of actions taken by EAA members in 2012