About us


Recent advances in HIV treatments and testing technologies mean we can now end the HIV epidemic here in Australia by getting people to test more, treat early and stay safe.

The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal raises money for community-based initiatives that aim to eliminate the transmission of HIV in NSW by 2020.

The Appeal is conducted by ACON (formerly AIDS Council of NSW), a leading NSW-based NGO specialising in HIV prevention, care and support.

You can help out by making a donation, buying Red Ribbon merchandise or volunteering to sell ribbons on the street, in your workplace or at your school.

Join us and help make history by ending HIV.





Help Us Be Here For HIV Prevention

We’re here to help end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men by helping them test more, treat early and stay safe. We do this by promoting education campaigns, operating HIV and STI testing facilities, running gay health workshops, providing a range of support services and distributing hundreds of thousands of free condoms every year throughout NSW.

Our HIV prevention programs and services are getting results, especially our a[TEST] rapid testing facilities which have proven very popular with gay men, However if we’re to realise our goal of eliminating HIV by the end of the decade, we need to get a lot more gay men – the population most affected by HIV – to test more, treat early and stay safe. With over 250,000 gay men in NSW, this will take a lot more resources than we currently have.

Help Us Be Here For HIV Support

We want to help people with HIV live with confidence, independence and the best possible health. Over 12,000 people in NSW live with HIV and many rely on the information and services we provide, especially those who are newly diagnosed with the virus as well as those who require in home care. Some of these services, such as our meal services and community development activities for people with HIV, don’t attract any government funding and we have to pay for them through donations.