June 2020 includes several HIV-related national health observances. These occasions call us to reflect on the impact of HIV and to understand the four connected strategies in the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative. Those strategies --- diagnose, treat, prevent, and respond --- together can end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.
To support your June communications, below we review where to find communication resources for each observance.
June 5th Anniversary
Friday, June 5th, will be the 39th anniversary of the first CDC MMWR report on cases of what became known as AIDS. Check out the HIV.gov timeline to learn more about the history of --- and advances --- in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day
HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day is observed on June 5th. The community lead for the observance is LKA. To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #HLTSAD. Images and other resources are available on HIV.gov’s HLTSAD page.
National HIV Testing Day
Saturday, June 27th, is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD).
CDC will announce the 2020 theme and HIV.gov will post it on our NHTD resource page soon. That page now contains resources from across the U.S. government that can inform your NHTD communications. You can draw from CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign for graphics, videos, and social media messages about the importance of testing. The hashtag to follow and use is #HIVTestingDay. Follow @HIVgov and @CDC_HIVAIDS for more shareable content.
Community members can now register to listen to the CDC’s NHTD webinar to be held on June 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (ET); this session will include remarks by Harold Phillips, Senior HIV Advisor and Chief Operating Officer for the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative, and will introduce CDC’s NHTD 2020 resources.
CDC’s recent “Dear Colleague Letters” about self-testing and about PreP are timely messaging resources. The HIV.gov Testing Sites & Care Services Locator continues to provide local service-delivery information. (But please check service hours and availability before travelling to a healthcare facility.)
In June and Beyond
Our HIV Basics section contains a wealth of reusable information and shareable images about HIV prevention, treatment, and research.