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Ending HIV

With recent medical breakthroughs, the world has all the tools we need to end HIV. But people still get HIV and suffer from AIDS-related illnesses at alarming rates. Misinformation and stigma play a large role, deterring people from seeking HIV testing and treatment.

By debunking myths, lies and misinformation, we can improve real knowledge about HIV and put an end to the stigma. This World AIDS Day, join Caracole and partners to raise awareness, fight prejudice and end the HIV epidemic.

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Read, Watch, Listen

We’ve partnered with libraries in our region to help share the facts about HIV. From November 26 to December 2, 2023, our local libraries will highlight materials about HIV in their collections. We encourage you to visit your library where you’ll find resources and information on HIV past and present — from novels and memoirs to plays, movies and documentaries.

World AIDS Day Events

By participating in World AIDS Day events, you can show your support and increase awareness about HIV. It is also a day to remember those we’ve lost and to stand with people who are living with or who have been affected by HIV.

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Stopping HIV Stigma: Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 30
5:00–7:30 PM
United Way of Greater Cincinnati

This community conversation brings together trailblazers and long-standing activists for a thought-provoking conversation about the status-neutral approach to HIV prevention and care.

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University of Cincinnati World AIDS Day Panel

Friday, December 1
5:00–6:30 PM
Tangeman Center 400 B

Hear from panelists who will be discussing important topics surrounding the AIDS epidemic and how the support and resources have changed over the last 35 years.

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An Evening of Remembrance

Friday, December 1
7:00–9:00 PM
First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati

Join us and partner organizations for a special remembrance event—featuring a quilt signing, music and readings—to support people with HIV and remember those who have lost their lives to an AIDS-related illness.

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PrEP It Up: A Red Ribbon Experience

Saturday, December 2
8:00–11:00 PM
Alice OTR (21+ adults only)

PrEP is a medication that is up to 99% effective in preventing HIV when taken as prescribed. Join Caracole and friends for music, dancing, raffles, giveaways and HIV prevention information on safer sex and PrEP .

Quick Facts

The greatest threat to our public health is lack of information and access. Our local community must have open discussions about HIV status and stigma. Let’s all do our part: learn the truth, break down barriers and create a world free from the myths, fear and discrimination surrounding HIV.  Then, pass it on—knowledge is power!

  • Learn about HIV

    Since the first reported cases of HIV in the early 1980s, both the disease and its diagnosis have changed drastically. Today, we have a wider range of tools and approaches than ever before to prevent HIV transmission, and thanks to groundbreaking treatments, people living with HIV can lead longer and healthier lives. It's crucial that we understand the basics about HIV and how it spreads in order to put an end to the epidemic.

  • HIV In the US

    Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the US, about 1 in 8 people who have HIV don’t know it and about 32,100 people get infected with HIV every year. Follow progress on America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard.

  • Know Your Status

    You could have HIV and still feel healthy. The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often. Find out about our free HIV testing options.

  • Prevention Is Possible

    For people at risk for HIV, there’s PrEP, a medication that protects against HIV infection. When combined with additional strategies, like condoms, safer sex practices and harm reduction behaviors, PrEP can keep you safe and help prevent the spread of HIV. Learn if PrEP is right for you.

  • Treatment as Prevention

    People living with HIV can enjoy long, healthy lives thanks to antiretroviral therapy or ART. And successful treatment can also prevent HIV transmission. It’s known as U=U or undetectable equals untransmittable. Discover how starting and staying on ART can keep you or someone you love healthy and can prevent HIV transmission.

  • Overall Well-Being

    Sadly, inequitable access to health care, lack of information, stigma, racism, discrimination and current HIV criminalization laws are reasons why people don’t test, treat or prevent HIV, continuing the HIV  epidemic in our nation and in our local community. Learn why health equity is important in the fight against HIV.

  • Lend a Hand

    We know that an end to new HIV infections is possible within our lifetimes. Your support can help us reach all affected communities and help us reach this goal sooner. Learn how easy it is to get involved at Caracole.

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