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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

May 18, 2013


May 18 is set aside each year to observe HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. The day serves as an occasion to recognize and thank the many volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together toward finding an HIV vaccine. This day also serves to highlight the importance of HIV vaccine research.

HIV vaccine research underway includes clinical trials (research studies) of both preventive and therapeutic vaccines. Therapeutic HIV vaccines are designed to treat people already infected with HIV; preventive HIV vaccines are intended to prevent HIV infection in people who may be exposed to HIV. Success in these trials that leads to the development of safe and effective HIV vaccines would be an important advance in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Explore the links on this page to learn more about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and HIV vaccine research that is currently in progress.

The U.S. Government Observes HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Bulletin from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Webpages


HIV Vaccine Research

FY 2013 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research
Comprehensive plan for all NIH HIV-related research for 2013, from the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), NIH. Information on vaccine research is included in the section on Reducing New Infections.

Clinical Trials About HIV Vaccines
From the AIDSinfo clinical trials search tool:

For additional help finding clinical trials about HIV vaccine research, call AIDSinfo at 1-800-448-0440.

Published Research About HIV Vaccines

From the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC):


Additional Information About HIV Vaccines