World AIDS Day 2020

Each World AIDS Day focuses on a specific theme, which this year was ‘Global solidarity, shared responsibility’. The right to health for all with a global unified approach.  We incorporated this theme into two events held in Auckland on World AIDS Day.

The day began with the Hikoi for Solidarity. A large group of passionate volunteers and allies marched up Queen Street to educate the public about Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U). Everyone wore bright red t-shirts with bold messaging ‘Treatment Makes HIV Undetectable and Uninfectuous’. The lunchtime crowds met us with lots of inquisitive glances and smiles. The march ended with everyone forming a ‘human’ red ribbon. It was a wonderful unified way to get messaging out to the broader community.

That evening, audiences flocked to a variety show called ‘Solidarity’ in Karagahape Road. The show offered a diverse array of talent from wonderful community members and allies. From drag performances and choir singing to spoken word and incredible Burundian drumming. Intertwined amongst the entertainment were powerful speeches from NZAF Chief Executive Jason Myers, Paul Blatchford from Positive Speakers Bureau, Positive Women National Coordinator Jane Bruning and Executive Director of Body Positive Mark Fisher. Each person reiterated the need for a unified approach in addressing HIV stigma and educating the public. It was a fantastic night full of beautiful sentiment and remembrance.

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The World AIDS Day events are organised by the three HIV organisations in Aotearoa – NZAF, Body Positive and Positive Women Inc.