World AIDS Day at UNH

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with 

Red Ribbon- WAD

HIV and to remember those who have died.

At UNH, you can help raise awareness this World AIDS Day. Look for our display outside Health & Wellness, stop by our tables at the MUB for a red ribbon, or take your photo with the Wildcat wearing the red ribbon. If you post to social: tag us and use #WAD2017. Make a point to get facts, get tested, and get involved.

Get facts


  • HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.
  • If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
  • HIV is transmitted through blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.
  • In the US, HIV/AIDS is most commonly spread through unprotected sexual behaviors and needle or syringe use.

Young People at Risk

  • Young people aged 13 to 24 account for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses. 
  • Young people represent 8% of total AIDS diagnoses.
  • 51% of young people living with HIV don't know it.
  • Gay and bisexual males account for most new HIV  diagnoses among young people.
  • Overall, new HIV infections are declining among young gay and bisexual men.


Condoms are a highly effective option to prevent HIV and AIDS.

  • Prevent HIV by using condoms consistently and correctly, every time you have sex.
  • Most college-age students are NOT using condoms. Find out if you're using condoms correctly.
  • Free condoms, dental dams, and lubrication are available at Health & Wellness (room 249). No questions asked. 

Get tested


Free testing is available for students during the World AIDS Day HIV testing clinic on December 1.  

  • No appointment is needed
  • Testing is confidential
  • No needles
  • Results in 20 minutes
  • Students only


HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening, testing and treatment are available by appointment.​

Share your status

After you've gotten tested, start sharing your status with your friends and sex partner(s). The more open you are about your status, the more prepared you will be to make safer sex choices. Don't wait until the heat of the moment to start talking about HIV. It's better to talk about it earlier rather than later - certainly before you have sex. Get help starting the conversation.

Get involved

Pick up a red ribbon and learn more about HIV/AIDS at the World AIDS Day and Red Ribbon information tables.  

  • Nov. 30  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Both at Union Court, MUB

The red ribbon is internationally recognized as the symbol of AIDS awareness. It was created in 1991 by a group of artists in the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus. The color red was chosen for its “connection to blood and the idea of passion—not only anger, but love ...” 

It was never copyrighted so that it would remain a consciousness-raising symbol, not as a commercial or trademark tool. The Red Ribbon has led the way for other awareness ribbon causes. 


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