This World AIDS Day (1st December 2012) marks a critical moment in the global HIV response. We have made so much progress since HIV was first identified over 30 years ago. However, if we slow up now, all of these efforts might have been in vain.
So we are asking Why Stop Now?
A tipping point in the HIV and AIDS epidemic is now within our reach. All it takes is for governments like the UK to invest sufficient funds smartly, in the right interventions for the right people. If we scale up the response now, and see that tipping point passed, we can save billions in future investments and countless lives. We need a blueprint for UK leadership in achieving a generation where no one dies of AIDS, no one newly acquires HIV, and where the rights of all people living with HIV are upheld.
This World AIDS Day, we are calling on the UK government to announce that they will develop a blueprint, mapping how they will lead the HIV response both in the UK and globally, on 1st December!
‘GREAT idea! How can I get involved?’, I hear you say. Well, here are a few ideas to get you started:
So, to kick-start this campaign with a BANG, on Wednesday 14th November students from across the UK will be fiercely competing to get as many sign-ups as possible in one afternoon.
The SSAC Team have even come up with an activity points system for all you hard-core competitors out there – check it out below:
- Collect one action card – 1 point
- Tweet your progress throughout the day – 2 points
- Email/Tweet photos throughout the day – 5 points
- Do a stunt/flashmob – 10 points
- Make a video of the day – 10 points
- Get local media attention – 30 points
- Get an MP involved – 30 points
- Bonus creativity/amplification points – 1 to 50 points
But, of course, we want to maintain momentum THROUGHOUT the weeks leading up to World AIDS Day, so keeping tweeting, sending in pictures, posting on Facebook and writing blogs. Just make sure you make as much noise as possible to raise awareness and keep this campaign at the top of the agenda!!
Join the conversation on Twitter using #WhyStopNow and @StopAIDS OR take pictures on Instagram or Twitter that we can take to our events in parliament.
Remember, the louder we are, the more impact we’ll have!
Our countdown to World AIDS Day starts now!