The next Life Ball will be taking place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Vienna’s City Hall for the 24th time.

„The countdown is running. After 23 years of hosting the Life Ball, I am more convinced than ever: TOGETHER WE WILL END AIDS!

Life Ball 2017: KNOW YOUR STATUS!

In 2017, everything will be centered around the motto “Know Your Status”. The message is loud and clear: Only those regularly checking and knowing their immune status can get treatment in time and will not unknowingly infect others. The current statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS illustrate why it is more important than ever to “know your status”: 36.7 million people in the world are HIV-positive and suffer from AIDS, but according to estimations, around half of them know their immune status. There must be an end to this negative development – NOW!

The “Know Your Status” campaign is launching December 1, 2016 – on World AIDS Day. But before the year-long campaign runs out on December 1, 2017, it is going to culminate in the opening ceremony of the Life Ball 2017. “Know Your Status” will play a thematic role in the entire production of the Life Ball. Numerous national and international celebrities will join the movement and lead by example. Because, when it comes to educating young people, we still have a long way to go! Society, media and politic bear a great responsibilty. There is still an alarming ignorance among adolescents towards HIV mainly because an infection has stopped posing an immediate threat to one’s health.

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Early detection saves lives! Lack of knowledge about HIV and AIDS is a breeding ground for ignorance and discrimination. We need to put an end to it! Myths about the disease still haunt the minds of many. It is social exclusion that makes people sick! Discrimination creates shame. And shame creates silence and repression. A clear societal statement against fear of contact and hysteria is imperative.

“The matter needs to be better heard and better understood. We as a society need to stand up if we want to promote noticeable change. Once we have achieved that, I am confident that putting an and to AIDS will move from a mere possibility to reality: TOGETHER WE WILL END AIDS!”

In Cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs

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