IAVI HIV Vaccine Awareness Campaign 2017

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on May 10, 2017 at 10:52 am

This HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18), we invite you to help us celebrate the promise and progress of HIV vaccine research and development (R&D). Researchers are working tirelessly to develop a preventive vaccine and to end AIDS once and for all. We absolutely must utilize current tools to avert every new infection and protect every life we can until there is a vaccine. However, definitively and sustainably ending the AIDS epidemic requires new innovations like a vaccine.

Expanded global partnerships, sustained funding for R&D, political will, and continued community support are needed to get us to the finish line. That’s why we’re asking you to join us in a social media campaign to recognize the incredible progress toward a vaccine and the amazing men and women around the globe who are leading it.

In the coming days, keep your eyes locked on the @IAVI Twitter handle for some exciting sharable content, including videos featuring African clinical trial volunteers, scientists, community leaders, and advocates engaged in HIV vaccine R&D; illustrations by renowned Indian artist Indu Harikumar sharing the stories of people affected by HIV/AIDS; and media interviews featuring IAVI experts discussing progress toward a vaccine. We encourage you to share these informative pieces on your own social channels using #HVAD2017.

You can also make a personal contribution using #RnD4HIV:

  1. Download a printable selfie poster declaring, “I support #RnD4HIV because…”
  2. In the blank area, write a personal statement, which you’re encouraged to lift from our social media toolkit
  3. Take a “selfie” holding the poster or have someone else take it for you
  4. Share the photo on your Twitter or Facebook account, copying and pasting one of the sample posts to use as the body of your post

If you have any questions or concerns regarding IAVI’s social media campaign, please reach out to me. We look forward to raising our voices together in support of R&D toward an HIV vaccine! Many thanks for your supportive selfie!

Please dowload the social media toolkit here.