HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
May 18th, 2009
May 18 marks the twelfth annual observance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. This day is an opportunity to recognize the many individuals, including volunteers, health professionals, and scientists who participate in and conduct HIV vaccine research. In addition, this day serves to educate communities about the importance of finding a vaccine to prevent the spread of HIV.
Scientists have been searching for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection since the virus was first identified in 1983. Each clinical trial brings us one step closer to finding an effective vaccine.
On May 18, wear your red AIDS ribbon upside down, forming a "V" for vaccine - as a sign that you share the hope of finding a vaccine to prevent HIV infection.
The following links provide information about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, including AIDSinfo resources, vaccine research and clinical trials.
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Sites
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Web Site: Provides information about events and activities dedicated to HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Web Site: Web site dedicated to HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, especially as it relates to the minority population.
NIAID HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Press Release: Statement by Margaret I. Johnston, Ph.D., Gary J. Nabel, M.D., Ph.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, May 18, 2009.