The HIV Media Guide

Information for journalists

HIV is a story of critical importance. All audiences deserve full, accurate and intelligent coverage of HIV and the media has a significant role to play.

Effective reporting requires being well informed about HIV and its social and medical implications. It can also challenge myths and misinformation about HIV.

Though many consider HIV irrelevant to their lives, it affects all sections of society.

The HIV Media Guide provides journalists with tools to ensure that media reporting on HIV is accurate and sensitive.

The Guide highlights key issues and includes:

  • tips for best practice
  • a language guide
  • HIV statistics
  • facts about HIV prevention and treatment
  • links to useful resources


The Media Guide is based on a print resource, produced and updated regularly by AFAO since 1995. It is now only available online.

The 2nd edition, edited by Ruth Pollard, was published in 2000.

The 3rd edition, written by Sally Cameron and edited by Abigail Groves, was published in 2009. 

The 4th edition, edited by Linda Forbes, was published in 2011.





This page was published on 12 January, 2011

This page was reviewed on 18 September 2014

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