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What We Can Do: Motivate and Educate! Sample Activities for HIV/AIDS Awareness

Reviewed November 2008


The ideas listed below challenge everyone -- members of the community, teachers, HIV/AIDS educators and members of the faith, business, and health communities -- to use their creativity to inform themselves and their peers about the AIDS epidemic.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified numerous programs that work -- HIV/AIDS-related programs that have been proven statistically to work. For information on HIV/AIDS-related programs, call CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at (770) 488-3168. Information on DASH can be found at

In the Community

Work with state and local health departments to involve your community in HIV/AIDS awareness.

In the Classroom

The classroom provides numerous opportunities to educate students about HIV/AIDS.

Colleges and Universities

There are many ways to be involved with HIV/AIDS programs on your college campus.

At Work

At work, launch a Business Responds to AIDS program or a Labor Responds to AIDS program. [Contact CDC's National Prevention Information Network, (800) 458-5231, or the National AIDS Fund Workplace Resource Center, (202) 408-4848.]

In Faith Communities

In your faith community, encourage a long-term commitment to HIV/AIDS.

For more suggestions, see "HIV/AIDS Education Videos."

In Government

Governments should participate in World AIDS Day. Effective HIV prevention programs can benefit from high-level political commitment.

In Health Care Settings

In health care settings, the campaign against HIV/AIDS should continue not only on World AIDS Day, but throughout the entire year.

This article was provided by American Association for World Health. It is a part of the publication I Care ... Do You? Youth and AIDS in the 21st Century. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:

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