HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Worldwide Events


HIV Vaccine Awareness Day - 18 May 2011

Whether you are a researcher, advocate or community member, the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise invites you to join us in commemorating HIV Vaccine Awareness AIDS Day – the day in which we salute individuals on the front lines of efforts to develop a preventive vaccine against HIV. 

Please consider attending or participating in one of the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day commemorations listed below or let us know of other events you would like to share.

China | India | Kenya | South Africa | Uganda | United States


Let's Talk HIV Prevention - Prevention among MSM: where we are now and how to go forward
15 May, 9:00 – 17:00
Shehui Zhuyi Xueyuan, Kunming, Yunnan

There is great interest in China in identifying new preventive interventions that could be used to complement existing methods to stem the tide of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM).
The forum has two objectives:
1) to bring the latest information about recent vaccine trials, PrEP trials, and other new prevention technologies in the pipeline to government, international non government groups, and local community groups working with MSM in Yunnan, China; 2) to learn from these groups about the local situation of MSM and current interventions to control the epidemic in this southwestern corner of China.

Organizer: Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) and the Yunnan MSM Technical Working Group (TWG)
Contact: Haoyu Qian at [email protected] or Qiu Feng at [email protected]


Let's Talk HIV Prevention - Varanasi, India
Wednesday, 11 May, 16:00 – 18:00, plus reception
Arts Auditorium at Benaras Hindu University in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Pin-221005

Hosting a town-hall format conference to raise awareness about basic HIV vaccine issues and to introduce HIV research to an audience with little past exposure to the concept.

Each presenter will speak in Hindi for 10 minutes, then the audience may ask whatever they want from the presenters for the next hour. The topics proposed during our first discussions are as follows:

  • condom promotion and review of sexual diseases
  • layman's review of RV 144, CAPRISA 004 and iPrEx
  • moral and legal problems faced by HIV victim
  • layman's presentation of ART options

In addition to the presentation and in accord with local practice, students who want us to mail them a certificate of participation will have to take a test after the event and submit it with thoughtful answers. After the event there will be a reception at which anyone may ask questions privately and we will provide members of NGOs in attendance space to promote their organizations. The actual presenters may not be able to further engage interested attendees, but the NGOs may be able to do this.


Contact: Raghvendra Upadhyay at [email protected] or Lane Rasberry at [email protected]
Organizer:  Sanjeevani Booti


Let's Talk HIV Prevention - Raising Awareness of the Exceptional Progress in HIV Prevention Research: A Worldwide Series of Community Events
Wednesday, 18 May, 09:00 – 12:00
Ufungamano House, Nairobi City

This event will inform the public, particularly the youth, about HIV prevention research and will aim to reinforce the need for HIV prevention using known methods, and also inspire hope that an AIDS vaccine and new biomedical methods of HIV prevention are possible.

The primary target population of the event will be youth peer educators drawn from ICL program sites within tertiary institutions and Y-PEER members who are actively involved in HIV prevention programs in Kenya. The forum will update peer educators’ knowledge on the research into new prevention technologies, particularly an AIDS vaccine, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and microbicides. Peer educators have wide r each in the communities they serve and interact with, and it is expected that the forum will empower them to accurately respond to questions related to HIV prevention research that may arise in the course of their work.

Contact:  Benard Barasa at [email protected] or Ann Karau at [email protected]
Organizer:  I Choose Life- Africa (ICL) in partnership with Youth Peer education Network (Y-PEER network) and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)



Let's Talk HIV Prevention - Rethinking the CAB Role in Maximizing the Impact of HIV Prevention Research in Soweto communities
Friday, 13 May

Soweto is the South Africa biggest urban settlement. It is home to an estimated 3 million inhabitants. Soweto has been severely hit by HIV epidemic. HIV prevalence in Soweto is estimated to be between 25-30%, which is almost three times the South African national prevalence of 10%. It’s no surprise that Soweto is host to clinical trial sites where major HIV prevention trials are currently being implemented including individual randomized trials conducted through the NIH-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN); HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN);  and Microbicide Trials Network (MTN). Community-based intervention trials are also being implemented, such as Project Accept. Certain proven prevention methods are now reaching implementation phase, such as Medical Male circumcision, amongst others. All these HIV prevention projects are implemented under the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU).

Contact:  Thandekile Essien at [email protected] or Theogene Nshimiyimana at [email protected]
Organizer:  Perinatal HIV Research Unit,

The Amazing Race: Moving Towards new HIV Prevention Methods
Tuesday, 17 May, 09:00 – 14:00
WRHI (formerly RHRU and ECHO), located in Hillbrow, an inner-city suburb of Johannesburg.

“The Amazing Race” aims to facilitate meaningful dialogue between community members, clinicians, trial staff and HIV prevention experts through innovative and interactive activities around HIV prevention research. It will also educate and deepen the understanding of the local community and Wits Institute for Reproductive Health & HIV (WRHI) staff including peer educators, community outreach staff, researchers and counselors around how scientific research is conducted.

Format:   The event will model the television show “The Amazing Race,” where race participants must journey to different locations and achieve various challenges before advancing to the final destination.

Contact:  Bonnie Jeanne Saxon at [email protected] or Emilie Venables at [email protected]
Organizer:  Wits Institute for Reproductive Health & HIV (WRHI),


Let's Talk HIV Prevention - Together, with research we can overcome HIV!
Saturday, 21 May 09:00 – 14:00
Matebeleng School Hall, Ward 35, Rustenburg Municipality, Bonjanala Platinum Mining District, North West Province

The Aurum Institute’s, Rustenburg Research Centre was established in 2007. Since opening we’ve conducted observational research to estimate the incidence of HIV and to map the community with respect to HIV risk – all in preparation for HIV vaccine and microbicide trials. Our first trial will commence in June 2011 where, through the South-African-founded F.A.C.T.S. consortium, we will test an ARV-based microbicide gel, to confirm the CAPRISA-004 trial (Abdool Karim et al. ScienceDirect, 2010). Thus, the timing of the proposed event is ideal, as it will allow us to further disseminate results from our preparatory research, and explain our upcoming HIV prevention trial. Ms. Candice Chetty, BSc,MA (PhD candidate May 2011), our emerging site-based scientist, has been the Research Manager since our Centre opened, and will drive this event.

Contact: Candice Chetty at [email protected] or  Mary Latka at [email protected].
Organizer: The Aurum Institute,



Let's Talk HIV Prevention
14 May, 14:30 – 17:30
Mulago Hospital football playground, Kampala

Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), with support from the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise will commemorate HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) at a round-table discussion – E’kimeza. Community members and leading and upcoming Ugandan scientists will engage in dialogue on issues surrounding HIV vaccines, microbicides and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Lillian Mutengu and Radio Simba’s Dick Nvule will moderate the event. Through MUWRP support, the discussion will air live on Radio Simba for the first hour.

Contact: Lillian Mutengu-Kasirye, Community Outreach Coordinator, [email protected]  Web:
Organizer: Makerere University Walter Reed Project


Let's Talk HIV Prevention - Current HIV Prevention
Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 9:00-16:00
Muteesa I Royal University Main Hall, Masaka Municipality

The Medical Research Council / Uganda Virus Research Uganda Research Unit on AIDS (MRC/UVRI) has been based in Masaka, Uganda for close to 15 years. The unit has closely worked with host communities to conduct large scale clinical and epidemiological studies covering sexually transmitted infections control, vaginal microbicides, HIV vaccine feasibility studies, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other areas. A phase I vaccine trial funded by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is planned to start in the first quarter of 2011. This will be the first HIV vaccine trial to be conducted in Masaka district.

MRC/UVRI employs an elaborate community engagement mechanism to facilitate an effective two-way communication link between the researchers and the host communities. The research site is supported by an active Community Advisory Board (CAB) whose members represent a wide range of community constituencies. This has, among other factors contributed to the maintenance of the highest standards of scientific and ethical integrity in our HIV prevention research.

Contact:  Vincent Basajja at [email protected]
Organizer:Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute, Uganda Research Unit on AIDS



HIV testing event on college campuses
Wednesday, 18 May, 10:00 – 15:00
Lawson State College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Miles College

AIDS Alabama will be conducting HIV testing on 3 different college campuses.  HIV vaccine research information and materials will be provided during the testing events.

Contact:  Arthur Wynn with AIDs Alabama at (205) 324-9822 ext. 35
Organizer:  AIDS Alabama

Community meet and greet
Wednesday, 18 May, 20:00
Al’s on 7th at 2834 Highland Ave S in Birmingham, Alabama
HIV vaccine research information will be provided.

Contact:  Arthur Wynn with AIDs Alabama at (205)324-9822 ext. 35 
Organizer:  AIDS Alabama


Photography Exhibit
Wednesday, 18 May, afternoon

UCLA’s World Arts & Culture Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
A unique photography exhibit that is combating the epidemic by challenging stigma.  This event is built around the traveling exhibition of Through Positive Eyes.  A few local celebrities will be in attendance, including Greg Louganis.

Contact:  Brian Risley with APLA at (213) 201-1547    
Organizer:  APLA, AIDS Research Alliance, UCLA, and MAKE ART/STOP AIDS

Community Town Hall
Wednesday, 18 May, 13:30

AIDS Project of the East Bay, 1320 Webster St, Oakland

Contact:  David Williams at (510) 663-7958
Organizer:  AIDS Project of the East Bay

Men’s group presentation
Wednesday, 18 May, 19:30

AIDS Project of the East Bay, 1320 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612

Contact:  David Williams at (510) 663-7958
Organizer:  AIDS Project of the East Bay

Provider Luncheon and Update
Wednesday, 18 May, 12:00 – 13:30
2128 15th Street, San Francisco

Advance registration required since space is limited.  Please call Tom Kennedy at 415-713-6527 for more information.

Collaborating Organizations:  San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the HIV Research Section at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the STOP AIDS Project.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
Wednesday, 18 May, 12:00 – 13:30
Stop AIDS Project, 2128 15th Street, San Francisco

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day provides a marked opportunity for the HIV Research Section [HRS] to educate various communities in the San Francisco Bay Area about the active and growing HIV vaccine research field. It will also permit us to enhance our current outreach efforts to better motivate community providers to talk to their participants about our ongoing vaccine trials.

Led by Dr. Susan Buchbinder, HRS has been a participating site with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) providing us with great insight about HIV vaccine research. HRS has selected staff committed to community education, which has contributed to the successful planning and implementation of recent community events. HRS proposes to develop and implement a community forum in partnership with the Stop AIDS Project [SAP], a San Francisco community organization committed to moving HIV prevent ion efforts forward. The community forum will include a panel with participation from Drs. Jonathan Fuchs and Risha Irvin [HRS] and leaders from the SAP as well as a vaccine study trial participant. The program agenda will include opportunities for community providers to ask questions and/or share their thoughts regarding the presentations in particular and HIV vaccine trials in general.

Contact:  Pedro Arista, Director of Community Programs at (415) 554-4222 or [email protected].
Organizer:  HIV Research Section - San Francisco Department of Public Health


There is Hope in Our Soul
Saturday, May 14, 11:00 - 14:00
441 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive NW, Atlanta

“There’s Hope in Our Soul” is a collaborative effort with the National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities (NAESM). This program is produced with an innovative learning format that will stimulate thought-provoking questions and generate healthy dialogue on HIV vaccine awareness, particularly how the research pertains to the African American Men-who-have-Sex-with-Men (AAMSM) community.  In addition, we will focus on ways to educate the diverse community, including AAMSM, transgender persons, and others whose participation is sought in HIV biomedical prevention research, on the importance of vaccine awareness and attempt to dispel myths and negative connotations surrounding vaccine research.  Merging both community and research outlooks will allow participants to receive a diverse learning experience that incorporates both the perspectives.

Contact:  Tarius Bell at 404-691-8880
Organization Hosting Event:  Emory University and NAESM, Inc.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Program
Tuesday, 17 May
SisterLove MotherHouse Community Office
1237 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW, Atlanta

Contact:  Kiyana Scott at 404-505-7777
Collaborating Organizations:  Emory HOPE Clinic and SisterLove


Community Edutainment Event
Saturday, 14 May, 10:00- 14:00
Faith United Methodist Church
15015 Grant Street, Dolton

The event is hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in partnership with its Faith Responds to AIDS committee, MATEC (the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center), and the Takin’ it to the Streets HIV Prevention initiative.

Contact: Johnathon Briggs at (312) 334-0922
Organizer: AIDS Foundation of Chicago


Community educational event
Saturday, 21 May, 10:00 – 14:00
Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester

Contact:  Gary Daffin with MAC at (617) 238-2401
Collaborating Organizers:  Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC), Fenway Institute, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Univ of Massachusetts/Boston’s Horizon Center, the Cherishing Our Hearts and Souls Coalition, and Harvard Catalyst (the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center).

Let’s Talk HIV Prevention – HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Community Event
Friday, 20 May, 14:30 – 17:00
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Carrie Hall Conference Room
15 Francis Street, Boston

Type of activity: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day community education and engagement event.  Local HIV prevention organizations will have informational tables and resources. The event will serve as an opportunity for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital HIV Vaccine Trials Unit to launch their Red Ribbon Heroes campaign, which highlights the effort and commitment of volunteers and provides education about the HIV vaccine research studies.

Contact:  Teress Votto at (617) 525 – 7372 or Saúl Martínez at (617) 778-1190
Collaborating Organizers: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Latin American Health Institute, and Fenway Health

New York

Vaccine – O – Licious Live Show
18 May, 22:00
Therapy Bar
348 West 52 Street, New York City

Contact:  Vaughn Taylor at 718-222-6300
Collaborating Organizers:  GMAD, Project Achieve, AVAC, Columbia University Vaccine Unit

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day luncheon Call to Action III: It Takes a Village to Fight HIV/AIDS!
Wednesday, 18 May, 12:00 – 13:30

Building on MOCHA's recent Call to Action events, the HVAD luncheon is a day to recognize volunteers for the local HIV vaccine trials and mobilize the community to join in the efforts.

Contact:  RSVP to Michael Booth, [email protected], (585) 420-1400, x19
Organizer: The MOCHA Center


Hope: A day beyond ribbons
11 May, 18:00 – 21:00
William Way Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

Contact: 1-866-448-7366 or visit
Collaborating Organizers:  University of Pennsylvania HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, Safeguards, and the William Way LGBT Community Center 


“Night with the Sounds”
12 May, First Pitch: 19:05
Herschel Greer Stadium
534 Chestnut Street
(615) 690-HITS

Type of activity: Baseball game with the Nashville Sounds
Key messages about HIV vaccine research will be provided at this event.

For more information about the baseball game and schedule of events, please visit:

Contact:  Lyndsey Godwin at 615-400-9905
Collaborating Organizers: NHVREI, Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee


“Getting back to our Roots”: Let’s Talk HIV Prevention

Saturday, 7 May, 13:00 - 17:00
Simplicity Hair Design
9259 57th Ave South

Wednesday, 18 May, 16:00 - 20:00
Paul Gray’s Barber Lounge
1123 34th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, 21 May, 13:00 – 17:00
Himisphere Ultimate Lounge
308 22nd Ave South, Suite 102

Saturday, 21 May 13:00 – 17:00
Samia 2117 23rd Ave South

For the 2011 HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, the Black Leadership Council (BLC) will be partnering with the Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit (HVTU), and Project Handle to do HIV vaccine community education, condom distribution and HIV testing at African-American and African-Born salons and barbershops in the Seattle-King County area. Project Handle will be providing free confidential/anonymous HIV-antibody testing, the BLC will provide community education about HIV awareness and prevention, and the HVTU will provide information and education to increase awareness of HIV vaccine and research studies and community advisory board outreach.

Contact:  Michele Andrasik at [email protected] or LaTanya Horace-Cheatham at [email protected]
Organizer:  Seattle Black Leadership Council (BLC); Project Handle; Seattle HIV Vaccine Trial Unit (HVTU),

HIV Vaccine presentation in Spanish
17 May, 18:00
Entre Hermanos
1505 Broadway

Contact: Luis Ramirez at (206) 322-7700
Collaborating Organizations: Gay City, Entre Hermanos, and the Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit (HVTU)

Washington D.C.

HIV testing and outreach

Contact: Ernest Walker with Us Helping Us at 202-446-1100
Collaborating Organizations:  Us Helping Us, the DC Center, and the Vaccine Research Center

AIDS United Outreach
Monday, 9 May

AIDS United will be distributing HIV Vaccine Awareness Day toolkits to their network members and release a statement recognizing HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2011 on 16 May.

Contact:  Ronald Johnson at (202) 408-4848, extension 246
Organizer:  AIDS United

NASTAD Outreach

NASTAD will be sending out a memo to its membership to support local HVAD activities.  

Contact:  Joy Mbajah at 202-434-7133
Organizer:  NASTAD

NMAC Outreach

NMAC will be sending out an e-mail blast to its membership to learn more about HIV vaccine research by viewing the “Introduction to AIDS Vaccines” tutorial created by AVAC at

NMAC is publishing a new edition of the HIV Vaccine Research Newsletter which will be distributed via email to network members on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. 

In addition, information about HVAD and related activities will be posted on a page dedicated to HIV vaccine research on NMAC’s website at

Organizer:  NMAC

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