This day serves to focus global attention on the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS

Observance of this day provides an opportunity for governments, national AIDS programs, churches, community organizations and individuals to demonstrate the importance of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Presently it is estimated that 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, with 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS. With a goal of reducing the number of new HIV cases to 750 by 2020. New York State is in the forefront of ending the AIDS epidemic. In the past ten years, New York State has seen a 40% decrease in new HIV diagnoses, while the rest of the nation has remained even. Learn more about Governor Cuomo's Three-Point Plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State.

Each year, the Consumer Involvement Committee of the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council and United Way of Long Island recognizes individuals for their work with HIV/AIDS. The 2017 World AIDS Day Award Recipients were:

Dr. David Rosenthal - Medical Director for the Center for Young Adult Adolescent and Pediatric HIV at Northwell Health
Theresa A. Regnante - President and CEO of United Way of Long Island

Marci Egel - Community leader and outreach worker at Thursday’s Child

Robert Santamaria - Community leader and peer worker at Options for Community Living