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.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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 Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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 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.
National Youth HIV+AIDS Awareness Day
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.
National Transgender HIV Testing Day
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.
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
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.
National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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
This day celebrates and honors long-term survivors of the epidemic and raises awareness of their needs, issues and journeys.
National HIV Testing Day
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
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
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 Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
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.