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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

MAY 18

About the Day
The Facts
Take Action

About the Day

May 18 is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is the lead for this day.

The Facts

Despite much research, there still is not a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. All Americans, especially communities of color and men who have sex with men, need to learn more about HIV vaccine research in order to make an HIV vaccine a reality.

This awareness day provides a great opportunity to thank the thousands of people who are working to help find an HIV preventive vaccine—the clinical trial volunteers, health professionals, community members, and the researchers.


  • Websites
    • www.AIDS.gov is the gateway to all Federal domestic information on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, research, policies and resources.
    • NIAID’s HIV Vaccine Awareness Day web site-- contains fact sheets, statistics, press releases, talking points, and media tools and allows you to view HVAD bilingual print ads and listen to bilingual radio spots.
    • www.bethegeneration.org Exist Disclaimer - an educational initiative supported by the Division of AIDS at NIAID, to help HIV affected communities and individuals become more aware, educated, and supportive of HIV vaccine research and have positive attitudes towards clinical trial volunteerism.
    • www.hivtest.org -To find an HIV testing location near you.
  • Mobile Resources
    Send a text message with your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) to find an HIV testing center near you.

Take Action

There are many ways you can take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS:

  • get tested for HIV
  • practice safe methods to prevent HIV
  • decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
  • talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
  • provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • get involved with or host an event for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day in your community