Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #SHAAD
Events: Awareness Days

Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #SHAAD

August 20
Change the Pattern

August 20

Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (SHAAD) is August 20. Founded by the Southern AIDS CoalitionExit Disclaimer, SHAAD is a day that individuals, communities, and organizations can unite to call attention to the disproportionate number of people living with HIV in the South. SHAAD is an opportunity to provide people in the South with HIV testing and linkage to HIV medical care if necessary, education on HIV prevention, including ways to stop HIV stigma, and other HIV-related care resources.

Event Planning Guide

Watch this video about HIV stigma:


Find HIV Testing and Other Services

The HIV Testing & Care Services Locator contains information about PrEP and STI services. Embed the Locator in your site to connect your audience with these services and testing, housing, and mental health services, too.


We have the power to end HIV with tools like PrEP. Learn more about PrEP and other prevention options.

Learn about Ready, Set, PrEP, a nationwide program that provides access to PrEP medications at no cost to people who qualify.

Learn More About HIV

Learn about the Epidemic

Know the basics about HIV.

Get the latest HIV data by visiting CDC’s HIV Statistics Center.

Learn about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S.

In observance of Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDSVu spoke with the Director of Health Department Initiatives at Southern AIDS Coalition, Darnell Barrington, MPH. Read the Q&A on HIV, Outreach, and Misconceptions in the SouthExit Disclaimer.

Get Involved

Southern AIDS Coalition

Be empowered—become a leader! The Southern AIDS Coalition offers a series of leadership development and education trainingsExit Disclaimer by and for Southerners living with HIV.

Use Federal Resources

Digital Toolkit clinicians

Digital networking is a key avenue for health care providers and provider associations to engage with their peers and association members about best practices for HIV screening, treatment, and prevention. Get started with CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together digital toolkit for clinicians.

Read about HHS’s National Challenge to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma and Disparities.

HIV diagnoses is one of the six Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. indicators. HIV diagnoses refers to the number of people who received an HIV diagnosis each year. View CDC’s HIV in the United States by Region: HIV Diagnoses data to compare HIV diagnoses in the South to other regions in the U.S.

Use Social Media

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Follow @HIVgovExit Disclaimer and use #SHAAD.

Use this social media toolkit to promote awareness of HIV in the South. Access copy for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts, including posters, and videos.