Areas of Expertise
AIR’s work in HIV/AIDS involves the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). Through CDC, we oversee the development and implementation of the Act Against AIDS Campaign, the first national HIV prevention campaign focused on the domestic epidemic in over 20 years that leverages efforts in the public and private sectors. Additionally, AIR provides a comprehensive media relations program for the Office of Communications at CDC’s National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention (NCHSTP). Through NIAID, AIR provides HIV/AIDS communication strategies and support to the Office of Communications and Government Relations.
In 2009, Latinos accounted for 20 percent of new HIV infections while representing about 16 percent of the total U.S. population. Detengamos juntos el VIH™, the Spanish version of the previously launched Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign, comes with new campaign materials targeting Hispanics between 18 and 44, including people living with HIV/AIDs, and friends and family of those affected by HIV and other stakeholders.
AIR works to build awareness about the ongoing risk of HIV/AIDS, especially the long odds in high-risk communities. AIR’s Health Program translates HIV research into effective communication for the general public, working with partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Presentation: Opening Remarks: UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education, Symposium on HIV/AIDS
In her introductory remarks at the IATT Symposium on HIV/AIDS, AIR’s Senior Vice President Cheryl Vince Whitman presents the history of school health and HIV/AIDS in the education sector since the 1980s.