2019 HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Health and Wellness

May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). This day is an opportunity to help promote awareness about not only the importance of HIV vaccine research efforts, but the importance of getting tested for HIV as well.

For WIC staff, encouraging women to get tested for HIV/AIDS is an important element of WIC’s role as an adjunct to good healthcare and helps to fulfill WIC’s mission to safeguard the health of the women, infants and children WIC serves.  For participants who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, staff can provide important information and education on nutritioninfant nutrition, and food safety as well as referrals to health care and other social services. WIC State agencies can use 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.

A healthy diet for those with HIV includes eating a variety of foods from the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy -- all foods that WIC food packages provide.

The CDC recommends “everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care”, and “people at higher risk should get tested more often”. Visit their HIV Basics page for general information and answers to many of the most common questions and concerns related to HIV/AIDS testing. 

The CDC recently developed a customizable HIV Risk Reduction Tool with the goal of helping people learn about the risk of getting and transmitting HIV and how to lower that risk.

The Office on Women’s Health site (available in Spanish) offers a number of resources on their HIV and AIDS collection page, including:

Find more information and resources related to HIV/AIDS on the WIC Works Resource System by searching “HIV”. Staff will find collection pages such as HIV Among Pregnant Women, Infants and Children and AIDS Info - HIV & Pregnancy.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
Developed by: HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HHS, Office on Women's Health
HHS, Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund