Prepare for World AIDS Day
This year, community planning for World AIDS Day will require some effort due to the challenges brought on by the pandemic. For example, addressing social distancing requirements in your World AIDS Day messaging by encouraging telemedicine and HIV self-testing so people continue to receive HIV care.
Knowing what role your organization plays in preventing HIV in your community is important. Analyzing and defining your organizational strengths can inform what you do and the outcomes you hope to achieve.
This checklist will help guide you in developing your plan.
Consider accomplishments and upcoming opportunities
- Is a COVID-19-related accomplishment an opportunity to promote healthy actions for your community?
- Consider how COVID-19 has affected your programs and services and share your innovations. Examples may include:
- Expanding the use of telemedicine to ensure people receive HIV care
- Providing multi-month dispensing of pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce frequency of visits
- Providing self-test kits to help people get tested early and often
- What does the data say about your community’s most important issues? As a first step, look at CDC’s HIV Statistics Center and AtlasPlus to learn about HIV trends and gaps at the nationwide and local level. Consider how your program’s or local health department’s data compares to the national numbers and indicators pdf icon[PDF – 32 MB, 92 pages]. Are there areas that need attention?
Decide your main message for World AIDS Day
- Which future opportunity is the most straightforward to explain?
- Is there data that relates to a 2020 accomplishment and shows momentum?
- Do specific persons or organizations need to take action?
Aim to both inform and inspire others. Here are examples:
In addition to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff provided [#] PrEP prescriptions this year. To end the HIV epidemic, patients at risk of HIV infection who test negative for HIV benefit from multi-month prescriptions of PrEP to reduce clinical visits and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Ending the HIV epidemic requires us to recognize and address the social challenges that block marginalized groups from equally accessing services. We are proud to serve our transgender clients and help them live authentically by providing the tools they need to prevent HIV and stay healthy if they have HIV.
We are here to help people living with HIV. Recently, a patient overheard cruel comments from others about HIV, which caused them to end their treatment. After a lengthy break and receiving counseling from one of our doctors, she resumed HIV treatment. Ending the HIV epidemic also means ending the stigma against people with HIV.
Although COVID-19 restrictions posed many challenges, our [organization] served [#] youth this year. We provided HIV self-testing through at-home kits and shared detailed information on emergency HIV prevention and treatment services. Youth who have HIV are the least likely of any age group to be linked to care in a timely manner. We continue to innovate to meet those in need during these unprecedented times.
Using your World AIDS Day 2020 message, create collateral to share it with others.