National HIV Testing Day: Obama and Congress Weigh In

Knowing HIV/AIDS awareness alone isn't enough, today government officials are issuing a direct call to action. Are you in?

Over the past couple of decades, numerous HIV/AIDS observance days have been established to address the epidemic’s impact in different communities. Among others, there are: 

* National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7)

* National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)

* National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)

* National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19)

* National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (June 8)

* National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15)

* World AIDS Day (December 1)

While these days are observed by community organizations through health fairs and screening events, or in the media with stories on the challenges and advancements in fighting the disease, they don’t always involve a stark, individual call to action. More people may become aware, but without a specific goal in mind, it’s less clear whether they’re actually altering their behavior in any way to reduce their risk of infection.