May 18th is National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, an annual observance to educate communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 50,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year—that is one person every 9 ½ minutes. A safe and effective vaccine would be the ultimate weapon in the HIV prevention arsenal.
On May 18th community activities will be held around the country to remind Americans of the importance of HIV vaccine research and urge the federal government to make AIDS research a priority. For additional information on National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day events, click here. This day offers an opportunity to thank the volunteers, scientists, health care workers, and community educators who make clinical trials of HIV vaccines possible.
Springer Publishing Company has had a long history of providing resources for health education and promotion vis-à-vis HIV/AIDS. The Person with HIV/AIDS, now in its 4th Edition, is a title for nurses and other health care professionals providing care to HIV-positive persons in the 21st century. In addition, The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the biomedical, social, psychological, and behavioral aspects of HIV transmission, prevention, and treatment. It includes tools like learning objectives, key medical and science terms, discussion questions, and quizzes to use when counseling clients, leading group discussions, teaching students, or offering outreach in your community more accessible and effective.