South Africans have been urged to wear a red ribbon on Friday and the next few Fridays as part of raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in the build up to World AIDS Day on December 1.

The red ribbon is a symbol of solidarity and commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

South Africa’s main World AIDS Day event will be held in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape under the theme “Let our actions count: it is my right to know my status, prevention is my responsibility.”

CEO of the South African National Aids Council Dr Sandile Buthelezi says the red ribbon Friday is a call to all South Africans to get behind World AIDS Day 2017 and to put prevention of HIV and TB back into the agenda.

He says there seems to be a bit of complacency when it comes to talking about HIV, specifically the issue about prevention.

“With so many interventions in place, but we still see quite a large number of new infections in SA,” adds Buthelezi.