World AIDS Day across Illinois


CHICAGO — World AIDS Day, an annual event to commemorate the battle against HIV and AIDS, is every December 1. Many groups and cities across Illinois have events planned for the day.



World AIDS Day Indoor Street Fest

DIFFA/Chicago and Center on Halsted present the 2nd Annual Stand Up For Red World AIDS Day Indoor Street Fest at @CenterOnHalsted on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Chicago’s most creative event to celebrate World AIDS Day and to keep the fight alive to end HIV/AIDS and combat stigma. Plus, you’ll have a whole lot of fun at the same time.

We’re Still Here: HIV & AIDS Then & Now World AIDS Day Event

Join Victory Gardens Theater, Art AIDS America Chicago, Center on Halsted and QUEER, ILL + OKAY at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre for We’re Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now, a collaborative program on HIV/AIDS arts, including a cultural impact panel with exhibit co-curator Jonathan Katz, Director of Exhibitions Tony Hirschel, Victory Gardens Theater’s Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez, with discussion moderated by Hutch Pimentel.

World AIDS Day (Malcom X College)

Come see how you can help spread awareness by attending a World AIDS Day event hosted by Malcolm X College.

This free event is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Malcolm X College Community Health Care Worker Program. It will be held in the MXC Theater.

UIC World AIDS Day

Please join us for the celebration of World AIDS Day. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the international and local AIDS projects that conducted by professionals from different fields.

Event schedule:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Speakers – UIC and the Fight Against HIV

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Patient/Community/Stakeholder Panel

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch Reception with Exhibit Table

World AIDS Day (NEIU)

In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Angelina Pedroso Center is hosting a series of programs open to the NEIU Community on Thursday, November 29.

Free and Confidential HIV/Hepatitis C Testing


The Angelina Pedroso Center, B-159

Living with HIV

You’re invited to TPAN’s observance of World AIDS Day with a special program, 11a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.

The event begins with a meet-and-mingle over coffee, tea, and snacks, followed by “Living with HIV,” a group discussion covering such topics as stigma and aging. After lunch, “This is TPAN” will feature TPAN staff members talking about the roles they serve in the programs and services offered by the agency.

Chicago Heights

Each One, Teach Two – A World AIDS Day Town Hall Meeting

Each One, Teach Two is a teen and young adult focused Town Hall meeting designed to address the HIV epidemic and provide an opportunity for local teens and college students to participate and become a part of the solution as we in Illinois seek to get to Zero and end the HIV epidemic by 2030


World Aids Day at The Veterans Hospital

Mr. Friendly will be at the Veterans Hospital to talk to veterans about the stigma of HIV and offer free testing to Veterans.

Central Illinois


World AIDS Day Lighting of the Tree

Join us November 30th, 5 p.m. at the Hy-Vee in Bloomington, IL for our free event as we light the evergreen tree in commemoration of World AIDS Day. People will have the ability to share their stories.

Directly after the ceremony, we will have an afterparty gathering at The Bistro in downtown Bloomington.


Peoria World AIDS Day

Join us from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Peoria, IL Carver Community Center as we have guest speakers helping us remember the past, celebrate the present, and recognize how far we have yet to go.

A lot has happened in the world of HIV and it’s on days as iconic as World AIDS Day, that we come together to talk about things like “Getting To Zero, Ending Stigma, U equals U, PrEP” and many more important facts about our public health.

Later that night, we will go live at the lighting of the tree for the entire month of December to raise awareness about HIV.


Normal, IL World AIDS Day

On December 1st, 5 p.m. at the Uptown Circle in Normal, IL we will have a candlelight vigil and an afterparty at the University Galleries with speakers. This is a free event and welcoming for all to attend!

If you can’t make it on World AIDS Day, join us November 30th, 5 p.m. at the Hy-Vee in Bloomington, IL as we light the evergreen tree in commemoration of World AIDS Day. People will have the ability to share their stories.


World AIDS Day, Springfield

Springfield Urban League and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Center for Minority Health are hosting an event on November 30, 2018, at University of Illinois, Springfield, for World AIDS Day. It will take place in the Student Union building from 2pm-5pm. There will be a movie documentary viewing and panel discussion following. We will be providing HIV and HEP C screenings and Walgreens will also be providing flu shots.

Eastern Illinois


World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil in the Park

In honor of World AIDS Day on December we’re hosting a candlelight vigil hosted in conjunction with LGBT RSO’s, the LGBT Resource Center, The UP Center, and Greater Commuity AIDS Project.

We will be gathering in west side park to remember those who have passed and those still living with HIV/AIDS. We will have a speech from members from GCAP speaking on AIDS and the work they have done to help those affected by it.

Afterwards we will have an informal dinner gathering in downtown Champaign.


How to Survive a Plague: Public Screening

In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st we’re hosting a public screening of the documentary How to Survive a Plague.

This film follows members of Act-Up and other AIDS activists as they bring attention to the AIDS crisis of the late 80’s and battle the public hostility of the times.

Northern Illinois


World AIDS Day Tree Lighting

Join us as we unite in the fight against HIV, support people living with HIV, and honor those who have lost their life. A tree lighting ceremony will be held on Nov. 30th at 4:30pm.


St. Louis

World AIDS Day, St. Louis

Join together with the St. Louis community in a night of remembrance and hope for those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and for those who continue to fight. Refreshments and light appetizers will be provided. Head on over to Nadine’s with your World AIDS Day program for 15% off food and drinks afterwards.

November 30th | 5:30pm- 7pm Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis

Quad Cities


2018 Quad Cities Fall Pride Pageant & World AIDS Day Drag Show

Make up date for our Fall Pride Pageant and World AIDS Day Drag Show. This event will be held at the DIggs Bar and Grill located within the TBK BANK Sports Complex. We will be collecting donations and 50% of the donations raised will go to a The Project of the Quad Cities.


Quad Cities Education and Testing

Friday Nov 30th – Free HIV testing and education at St. Ambrose College and Augustana College

Saturday Dec 1st- 11-3 pm FREE testing at the Project of the Quad Cities, 1710 River Drive, #110, Moline, Ill.

Southern Illinois


Santa Speedo 5K Run/Walk

REGISTER BY 11/19/18, RIVER to RIVER is official timekeeper of this race! Pre-registration is $30 and day of event registration is $35. Come out and participate in the Santa Speedo 5K Run/Walk at the Life Community Center.