HIV Awareness

HIV awareness days have been designated in the United States, and are also observed in many other countries. They provide an opportunity to educate communities around the world about the importance of HIV prevention, research, HIV testing, and the issues for particular population groups. We use these opportunities to showcase the impact a preventive HIV vaccine could have on the global epidemic.

For a complete listing of HIV awareness days in the United States, visit the AIDS.gov Awareness Days page, or click on the images below for information about specific awareness days.


World AIDS Day

December 1

World AIDS day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. 

WAD Message 2017 >
WAD Website >


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora.  NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Website >


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10

This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), OWH wants to empower women and girls to make the best choices when it comes to sex. Abstinence is the surest way to avoid HIV, but if you decide to have sex, there are simple, effective steps to protect yourself and others from HIV.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Website >


National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

First Day of Spring

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing in Native communities through educational materials and use of marketing strategies.

NNHAAD Website >


National Youth HIV+AIDS Awareness Day

April 10

National Youth HIV+AIDS Awareness Day (HYHAAD) is an annual observance to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people and to highlight the work young people are doing across the country to respond to the epidemic.

HYAAD Website >


National Transgender HIV Testing Day

April 18

NTHTD recognizes the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender and gender non-binary people.

National Transgender HIV Testing Day Website >


HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

May 18

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the many volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

May 19

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is one of eleven federally recognized HIV/AIDS Awareness Days that happen throughout the year.

The Banyan Tree Project —a national campaign to end the silence and shame surrounding HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities—is the lead for this day.


HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

June 5

This day celebrates and honors long-term survivors of the epidemic and raises awareness of their needs, issues and journeys.

HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

National HIV Testing Day

June 27

National HIV Testing Day was established as an annual observance to promote HIV testing.

This is a particularly important time for YOU to get involved! Take the Test, Take Control.

National HIV Testing Day

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

September 18

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness day (NHAAAD) focuses on the challenging issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment.

NHAAA Website >


National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

September 27

In 2008 the National Association of People with AIDS launched this observance day to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men.

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

October 15

The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) , the Hispanic Federation  and other organizations organize this day to build capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments to reach Latino/Hispanic communities, promote HIV testing, and provide HIV prevention information and access to care.

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day