Skip to main content

UC San Diego World AIDS Day logo 2019


The University of California, San Diego will honor World AIDS Day 2019 throughout the week on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Friday December 6.  The week's events focus attention on and raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had and continues to have in the San Diego community, the nation, and the world. Our campus sponsors a number of opportunities in recognition of World AIDS Day. Download our poster here.

About World AIDS Day 

World AIDS Day began globally on December 1, 1988, as a means to raise funds, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and promote education related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Since then the event has grown and is honored by governments, schools, businesses, and individuals around the world.  At UC San Diego, the goal of World AIDS Day programming is to provide a forum for reflection, education, and action. We hope to engage our community in an ongoing dialogue that encourages each individual to be educated and take action to stop AIDS.  We are pleased this year to have a wide variety of events planned for December 1, 2018.

World AIDS Day 2019 Events

Monday, December 2nd

STILL BEGINNING: The 30th Annual Day With(out) Art

12:00 - 2 PM in Literature Building Room 155

UC San Diego is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by UC San Diego Literature Professor Nguyen Tan Hoang, Shanti Avirgan, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.

The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,” the video program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. In 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. For Day With(out) Art’s thirtieth year, over 100 institutions worldwide will screen STILL BEGINNING, recognizing the important and necessary work of artists, activists, and cultural workers who have responded to AIDS while emphasizing the persistent presence of the epidemic.


The State of HIV in the Black Community

11:30 AM - 1 PM at the Black Resource Center

Join the Black Resource Center for a conversation regarding the state of HIV in the Black Community


Free HIV Testing from the UC San Diego Anti-Viral Research Center (AVRC)’s Good to Go Program

11:00 AM - 2 PM at the Black Resource Center

Come by the Black Resource Center for free HIV testing!

Dine and Dish: World AIDS Day

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM at the Women's Center

In obcervance of World AIDS Day, we will have the Student Helath Advoctaes coe and present a safer sex workshop.  Afterwards, we will have a discussion about the prevalence and histopry of AIDS.  Fre sambusas will be provided.  We hope to bring awareness to World AIDS Day and sexual health information attendees can apply to their own lives.  Everyone s welcome!

World AIDS Day with UC San Diego's LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Community

7:00 PM -8:00 PM in the Mariposa Room at John Muir College

Learn about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention, hear stories of people impacted by HIV/AIDS, do arts and crafts dedicated to World AIDS Day, and pledge to support HIV Prevention.

Tuesday, December 3rd

Free HIV Testing provided by Family Health Centers of San Diego

10:00 AM - 4 PM at the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center

Come by the LGBT Resource Center for free HIV testing!


World AIDS Day Cra­ft

11:00 AM - 12 PM at The Zone (Price Center Plaza, next to Jamba Juice)

Join The Zone to create a fun craft while learning about the variety of on-campus events taking place throughout the week to commemorate this global awareness event.


Wednesday, December 4th

HIV/AIDS Resource and Information Fair sponsored by Student Health Advocates

11am-2pm @ Library Walk

Stop by Library Walk and learn more about HIV/AIDS through a number of activities, aopportunities and displays! 


Free HIV Testing from The UC San Diego Anti-Viral Research Center (AVRC)’s Good to Go Program

11:00 AM - 2 PM on Library Walk

Stop by the testing van on Library Walk for free HIV testing!


Thursday, December 5th

Free HIV Testing from Family Health Centers

10:00 AM - 4 PM at the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center

Come by the LGBT Resource Center for free HIV testing!

 World AIDS Day poster 2019

World AIDS Day Resources

World AIDS Day Contacts

World AIDS Day at UC San Diego is coordinated by a university-wide committee of students, staff, and faculty. For more information on the committee or the event, please contact:

Shaun Travers
LGBT Resource Center

Christine Clark
University Communications
858 534-7618, 858 775-8201 

Planning Committee

The UC San Diego World AIDS Day planning committee is actively seeking new students, faculty and staff members. Please contact Shaun Travers at, if you are interested in joining the committee.

The World AIDS Day planning committee meets weekly on Thursdays during the fall from 2:00pm 2:50pm, and then in a more limited capacity in the winter and spring terms on Thursday’s from 2:00-2:50pm.

The World AIDS Day planning committee was formed in 2002 and is comprised of faculty, staff, and students at UC San Diego. A hallmark of the committee is bringing the AIDS Memorial Quilt each year to UC San Diego’s campus.

The World AIDS Day planning committee charge is to plan and implement events related to UC San Diego’s honoring of World AIDS Day, December 1st of each year. This work first was begun by the student organization Student Health Advocates (SHA) with the support of Student Health Services – Health Education in the early 1990s as the AIDS pandemic swept across the world. In 2002 the committee was officially formed to plan events from a University-wide perspective.

Committee members should demonstrated support of the UC San Diego Principles of Community; a willingness to serve on the World AIDS Day planning committee for a one-year term; the ability to serve at least 5 hours a month to attend full committee and subcommittee meetings; and sensitivity to issues of HIV/AIDS, health, human rights and diversity.

Please contact the Co-Chairs of the World AIDS Day planning committee, Bria Hamlet, or Shaun Travers at, if you are interested in being on the committee.

Special Thanks

World AIDS Day events are co-sponsored by a number of student organizations, departments and divisions at UC San Diego, including the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; LGBT Resource Center; Student Health Services; Student Health Advocates; School of Global Policy and Strategy; School of Medicine; LGBT PhAM; Art Power; Associated Students (AS); the AIDS Research Institute; UC San Diego's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR); the HIV Institute; University Centers; Housing*Dining*Hospitality; Equal Opportunity Services; Study Abroad; Women's Center, Black Resource Center, Raza Resource Centro, Cross-Cultural Center, Intertribal Resource Center; Students for Global Health; Health Promotion Services; the Council of Coordinators of Student Activities; and many committed individuals throughout the University community. Additional support comes from community organizations, including Family Health Centers of San Diego, and the San Diego LGBT Community Center.


World AIDS Day Sponsors