Act Aware is about taking action –
making commitments to help improve understanding about HIV in the UK, prevent HIV transmission and stop prejudice.
Test your knowledge by taking our online quiz: Are you HIV aware? and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
Talk to your partner, friends or children about HIV and point them in the direction of this website so they can learn the facts
- Find out if your local school has a comprehensive sex and relationships education (SRE) programme, and teaches young people about HIV and explain why itís important.
If you learn something new about HIV, share it with others who might be less informed
- Check whether your employer has robust policies to ensure people living with HIV are treated fairly at work
- Always use a condom when having sex with a new partner
- Challenge people who hold misconceptions about HIV by telling them the facts and encouraging respect and understanding
- Take our quiz to find out if you've put yourself at risk of HIV and have an HIV test if recommended
- Organise a fundraising event to raise awareness of HIV in the UK
Wear a red ribbon, the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. You can find out about the history of the red ribbon here
What would people living with HIV like you to do to Act Aware?
I would like to see society's attitudes change, so I don't feel that I have to hide the fact that I have HIV
I would like people who are living with HIV, who are confident to do so, to share their own stories about how they have overcome the barriers and challenges of living their everyday lives
I would like everyone to think seriously about HIV and what it means to live with HIV – and therefore be realistic, aware and practical when it comes to safer sex
I would like there to be a focus on education and stigma within younger groups of people, with attention paid to cultural differences and needs
I would like people to realise that HIV and AIDS is a pandemic that can potentially affect everyone and is not confined to the gay community and drug users. It's unfair for people to categorise the huge problem in this way
I would like the media to become more responsible in reporting HIV stories, particularly in those cases where people have had a possible infection incident