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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.





This page was published on 12 January, 2011

This page was reviewed on 3 November 2015

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