About the
Red Ribbon Appeal

The Red Ribbon Appeal raises money for community-based initiatives that aim to eliminate the transmission of HIV in NSW and end HIV stigma. It is conducted by ACON, NSW's leading HIV and sexuality and gender diverse health organisation, throughout November, in the lead up to World AIDS Day.

Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day (December 1) is an opportunity to raise awareness about HIV, show solidarity with people living with HIV, and remember those we have lost to an AIDS-related illness. The day is observed with the red ribbon.

The Red Ribbon Appeal is ACON's most important fundraising drive. Funds raised from the Red Ribbon Appeal supports ACON's work in HIV prevention, support, education and advocacy.



ACON is New South Wales' leading organisation specialising in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders. Established in 1985, we work to create opportunities for people in our communities to live their healthiest lives. 


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In 2013, ACON launched its community-led Ending HIV initiative, which aims to educate and mobilise gay men – the population group in NSW most at risk from HIV – on how to prevent HIV transmission. We do this by testing often, treating early and staying safe.


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