Health and Wellness
2018 HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, led by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is an annual event to recognize and thank the volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine.
CDC recommends that all women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant take an HIV test as early as possible before and during every pregnancy. The earlier HIV is diagnosed and treated, the more effective HIV medicine will be at preventing transmission and improving health outcomes of both mother and child. HIV.gov provides information on how to find HIV testing centers as well as links to resources related to HIV prevention, treatment and the progress being made towards a vaccination and cure for HIV.
As an adjunct to good health, WIC can encourage women to get tested for HIV/AIDS. WIC staff can also provide women who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS with important information and education on nutrition, infant nutrition, and food safety as well as referrals to health care and other social services. WIC State agencies can review WIC Nutrition Risk Criteria 352b Infectious Diseases - Chronic to see how WIC nutrition services can help improve the health and birth outcomes of participants with HIV/AIDS.
WIC staff can find all HIV-related resources on the WIC Works Resource System by searching for "HIV". These include, but are not limited to:
- AIDS Info - HIV & Pregnancy, a set of resources from AIDSinfo.nih.gov, available in both English and Spanish, that provide information for pregnant woman with HIV
- HIV and AIDS, resources from the Office on Women's Health that describe the effects HIV has on women, especially African American and Hispanic woman