Awareness Ribbons: What Does a Red Ribbon Mean?

Red Awareness Ribbon

There are a lot of awareness ribbons — trust us, we spent a lot of time putting together this list — and it can be challenging to know which colors are associated with which causes.

Fortunately, we’ve got your back. At Good Good Good we’re all about celebrating the good being done in the world — and helping people make a difference in the world

And bringing awareness to important issues is a part of both of those!

Variations of awareness ribbons have been used since the middle ages — but they gained significant popularity in the early 1900s when yellow ribbons were given to U.S. soldiers. Since then, awareness ribbons have been used to represent hundreds of causes — most notably pink awareness ribbons for breast cancer and red awareness ribbons for HIV/AIDS.

In this article, we’re specifically diving into what red awareness ribbons mean and what causes they represent:

What do different red ribbons mean?

Red ribbons are most commonly used to raise awareness and show support for the fight against HIV/AIDS — though their meaning can also be associated with blood cancer awareness, drug-use prevention, and congenital heart disease awareness, and other causes.

Red Awareness Ribbon


  • Apert Syndrome
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Blood Cancers and Disorders
  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans
  • Burn Victims
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Courage and Inspiration
  • DARE
  • Diamond Blackfan Anemia
  • Driving under the Influence
  • Dysautonomia
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Evans Syndrome
  • Factor XI Deficiency
  • Heart Disease
  • Hemophilia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Huffing
  • Hypertension
  • Inhalant Abuse
  • Long Q-T Syndrome
  • Love
  • Lymphoma
  • MADD
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Poland Syndrome
  • Project Red Flag
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sniffing Abuse
  • Stroke
  • Substance Abuse
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Tuberculosis
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Wegener’s Granulomatosis
  • Wolf-Parkinson-White


  • Birth Parents
  • Breast Cancer
  • Nursing Mothers


  • Fibromyalgia


  • Multiple Myeloma


  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer


  • Adhesions
  • Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome
  • Adults with Disabilities
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Post-Polio Syndrome
  • Cesarean Section
  • AV Malformation
  • Disabled Adults
  • Lymphatic Malformation
  • Factor V Leiden
  • Headaches
  • Hereditary Hemochromatosis
  • Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation
  • Hospice Care
  • Meningitis
  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Migraine
  • Cystic Hygroma
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Hughes Syndrome
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome
  • Thrombophilia and Williams Syndrome


  • Appendix Cancer
  • Pseudomyxoma Peritonei

Ready to learn more about awareness ribbons and their meanings?

We’ve collected, curated, and organized hundreds of awareness ribbon colors and their meanings. You can dive into the meaning of every color under the rainbow (plus rainbow ribbons themselves) in our guide to awareness ribbon color meanings.

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