Thirty years after the reports first described AIDS symptoms, the National Institutes of Health marked today as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. Today celebrates the more than 35,000 volunteers who have furthered the development of a vaccine to slow and perhaps even cease new infections of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
HIV infection is growing most rapidly in the south, which is why the Black AIDS Institute and the state Department of Community Health are offering free HIV tests at five of Georgia’s historically black colleges and universities this week.
An initiative to increase awareness and prevention of HIV is underway. The Georgia Department of Community Health will roll out the “Taking Control” campaign over the next year. Officials hope to increase prevention and outreach services for gay and bisexual men.