Be The Generation

We can be the generation to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic! And you can be part of the movement.

Thanks to a massive global effort that has been going on for decades, HIV is now a manageable disease. We also have ways to prevent transmission. And researchers around the world are working steadily on exciting new prevention methods like drug-releasing implants, injectables, microbicides, and vaccines.

How can you help? Know the facts, spread the word, volunteer for a study, join a community advisory board. Working together, we will be the generation to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Did you know…..

We already have approved methods that prevent people from getting HIV, and researchers are working hard to develop more. With more variety of options, people will have choice in preventing HIV in ways that make sense for their lives.
 

Microbicides

Microbicides are products that would be applied in the vagina or the rectum. They are being developed in the lab and tested around the world in clinical trials to see if they are safe and effective at preventing HIV transmission. 

PrEP, PEP, and TasP are three methods that prevent HIV using medicines that fight the virus. Millions of people worldwide are already using approved drugs to make HIV transmission far less likely. Longer-acting drugs given through shots or implants are also under study.

Vaccines

Many researchers around the globe are working hard to develop an HIV vaccine. Vaccines teach the immune system to fight disease. An HIV vaccine could help prevent a person from contracting the virus without needing to take regular medicines. Vaccines are key to long-term control of infectious diseases like polio and smallpox.

For the last decade, the US has counted about 40,000 new cases of HIV each year. Worldwide, there are still 1.8 million new cases per year. That is unacceptable. That’s why we need more HIV prevention options.

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HIV advocates Brenda, Lisa and Luis are committed to promoting HIV awareness and understanding.
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Community members join Brian Minalga (left) at meeting to share information.

Our Communities Can Make a Difference

The need for HIV prevention research remains urgent. Worldwide, more than 35 million people are living with HIV, and approximately 2 million acquire HIV each year. That’s about 5,600 people every day.

The future of HIV prevention research depends on all of us working together. Most importantly, it depends on the understanding, trust, support, and participation of all communities. Learn more about community members like you who are working together to Be the Generation to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Dwayne

“I think some people know about the biomedical field, but we want people to know, hey, people are working on a vaccine, and have you ever heard of something like microbicides?”

Jim

"We’ll always have male and female condoms. But how wonderful it would be if we could have a lubricant or a gel that would have anti-HIV properties, a vaccine, a shot?"

Luis

“Involvement in the gay community, the Latino community, the immigrant community, the African American community—not one particular community but all communities—is very essential.”

Paris

“The question is how is this information getting to communities of color—specifically African American, Latino, and Latina. Why? Because those groups have the highest incidence and prevalence in the US.”

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Who We Are

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There is currently no cure for HIV. Finding safe and effective methods to prevent the spread of HIV is our best hope. Be the Generation stands proudly as a bridge between the researchers striving to end the HIV epidemic and the communities most affected by the disease. Managed by the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination and funded by the National Institutes of Health, our mission is to promote community awareness, understanding, and support for HIV prevention research.

Working together, we will Be the Generation to end the AIDS epidemic.

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Contact Be The Generation

Brian Minalga, Project Manager

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