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May 18th HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD): A Conversation with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach

May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), and Dr. Carl Dieffenbach talks about the annual observance.

Editor's Note: This is a cross post from the blog. You can find the original post here.

May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. We spoke to Dr. Carl Dieffenbach at NIH, who had this to say about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day:

“[On Vaccine Awareness Day] we can take a moment to acknowledge the study participants who have given their time, their energy, . . .  to the study of HIV vaccines.”

Watch the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day video to hear the rest of his comments and visit the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day website for resources to help community members support the day. To learn more about HIV/AIDS and the Federal response, including information on federally funded research, visit

Miguel Gomez is Director of, and Senior Communications Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services