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 Awareness Days page, or click on the images below for information about specific awareness days.

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.

Read HVTN Principal Investigator Larry Corey's message for HVAD 2016 >

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. 

Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

June 8

Caribbean-American Health/AIDS Awareness Day was created to provide Caribbean-Americans with resources, HIV/AIDS health education, evaluation, and opportunities for involvement. This day is a part of a National effort to get Caribbean-Americans to get educated, get evaluated, get treated and get involved with their health decisions.

NCAHAAD Website >

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/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. 


National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27

This observance day to recognizes the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men. Website >

AIDS Cure Awareness Day

October 5

AIDS Cure Awareness Day encourages others to organize teach-ins on AIDS cure research and activism across the United States and the world.

AIDS Policy Project Website >

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15

The NLAAD campaign works annually at building capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments in order to reach Latino/Hispanic communities, promote HIV testing, and provide HIV prevention information and access to care.

Latino Commission on AIDS Website >

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day!

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 2015 >
WAD Website >

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 20

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 20

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 >