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How to Make a Video for World AIDS Day (December 1st)

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December 1st is World AIDS Day. Find out how you can help to raise awareness by creating an engaging video with a World Aids Day video template.

World AIDS Day takes place every December 1st and is an opportunity to create awareness and show support for those living with HIV, as well as to commemorate those who have died from AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

Essential Information About HIV and AIDS

HIV is the virus that causes the infection, and AIDS is the last, advanced stage of that infection, when the body can no longer fight off other illnesses due to the loss of cells called CD4, which make up a vital part of the immune system.

HIV can be transmitted to others through bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal and anal fluids, blood, and breast milk, but not through sweat, urine, or saliva. The most common ways of contracting HIV are through unprotected sex or sharing a needle with someone who is infected.

Worldwide, there are over 35 million people who have the virus, and over 100,000 of those are in the UK. Since HIV was identified in 1984, over 35 million have died from HIV or AIDS. We now know so much more about it than we did, and if detected early, HIV can now be manageable, and those infected can go on to live longer and healthier lives.

How to Get Tested

If you think you might be at risk of having HIV, then you should get tested as soon as possible. You’ll need to check how you can do that in your own country, but here in the UK, there are a number of options. You can go to:

  • sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics 
  • clinics run by charities
  • some general practitioners' surgeries
  • some contraception and young people's clinics
  • local drug dependency services
  • an antenatal clinic, if you're pregnant
  • a private clinic (this will incur charges)

Source: NHS

Testing involves collecting a small sample of blood or saliva, with blood being the most accurate test.

What Can You Do to Raise Awareness?

Many people still aren’t aware of how to protect themselves against HIV, how to get tested if they think they might have been at risk, or what treatment is available if they have contracted HIV.

Video is a great tool to raise awareness because it’s so accessible and more easily consumed by people than ever before. Here are some ideas of HIV/AIDS awareness videos that you could create:

  • A fundraiser—many HIV charities are desperately underfunded.
  • Fight prejudice—many living with HIV are still subjected to stigma and prejudgement, so challenge those perceptions.
  • Educate—help people learn more about HIV, whether that’s prevention, testing, or treatment.

World AIDS Day Instagram Stories Pack

Raise awareness this World AIDS Day with this video template designed for Instagram Stories. They're in vertical format with tasteful animations and room for your text and a click-through button to offer your audience more information.

How to Create an HIV/AIDS Awareness Video Using a Template and Stock Footage

As a demonstration, I created a quick example video: a short public service announcement slideshow like one you might find on a display screen at a health clinic or hospital.

I made this video in Adobe After Effects using information from this article and resources from Envato Elements. I made an intro (which also doubles as an outro), and three informational slides: what HIV and AIDS are, how you can become infected, and where to get tested (in the UK). Here's what I used:

Slideshow Template

Stock Footage and Motion Graphics


Step 1: Load Up Your Template

On opening the slideshow template, you'll see the timeline is broken down into folders (composites) and layers, so it's easy to see which section corresponds to which slide in your timeline. 


Double-click on each composite to open up that particular slide, and you'll see the text, graphic elements, colours, and so on, so that you can make changes. Here, I've changed the introduction slide to say "World AIDS Day" and the date, and I also changed the box from white to red to reflect WAD's colours.

This is a breakdown of the layers when you go into the introduction slide—it's simple to then double-click the relevant layer and make adjustments.

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Step 2: Add Footage

The introduction slide was lacking in engagement, so I added some stock footage inspired by World AIDS Day, to help it look more interesting. To add your footage, just drag and drop it into the project and into the relevant slide's folder, so in this case, the Title Intro slide.

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Step 3: Edit Your First Informative Slide

When you're happy with the intro, it's time to move on to your first slide.

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This is how the slide looks before any changes. I added some more stock footage to make the background more interesting and relevant, changed the title, and put in information about what HIV and AIDS are.

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Step 4: Repeat!

Continue along the timeline, editing the existing slides in the same way, or duplicating the ones already done if you'd like to keep the same style, layout, and animation.

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This is the second slide, where I've added information on how HIV is transmitted, and added stock footage as a background.

The third slide is information on where to get tested for HIV in the UK, with stock footage of an HIV blood test in the background.

Step 5: Add an Outro

Once you're happy with your slideshow, it shouldn't just end, so as a neat way to wrap everything up, you can duplicate your first intro slide to use as your outro.

Step 6: Finishing Touches and Render

You might decide your video would be better with some music or narration, so once your video is complete, you can add audio. When you're finished, render and save. It's worth adding that I've included far more text on short-duration slides than I'd recommend—either spread lots of information across multiple slides, extend your timings for each slide, or best of all, be concise!

If you'd like to know more about World AIDS Day: how you can help raise awareness or fundraise, or get more information on prevention, infection, and treatment, then you can visit World AIDS, powered by the National AIDS Trust.

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