#WorldAIDSDay2023: Empowering communities to lead change

This year’s theme for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December, celebrates the theme “Let Communities Lead”. It highlights the essential role communities play in the global initiative against HIV/AIDS. It explores how the power of community-led initiatives can address the challenges and drive meaningful change.

Communities are at the forefront of overcoming the challenges of HIV/AIDS. Whether living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV, communities are essential in education, connecting individuals to person-centred public health services, and building trust. There is often stigma surrounding the subject of HIV​​. Communities can offer unique insights and solutions, and their involvement is key to effective prevention, treatment, and support strategies.  For a greater understanding of HIV, its impact, and management, visit the Physiopedia page on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

It’s not only about medical treatment; it’s also about ensuring that those living with HIV have access to rehabilitation and support services. Rehabilitation plays a crucial role in promoting and improving quality of life and wellbeing. Learn more about how physiotherapy can help people living with HIV.

Not only today but every day, let us call on communities to show the power of community leadership in ending AIDS. By working together, it is possible to make a positive change.  Don’t forget to show your support by using the hashtags  #WorldAIDSDay and #StopHIVTogether.