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The AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP)


For more than 25 years (1994-2021), the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) supported community-based organizations and libraries in improving access to HIV/AIDS health information.

Through the competitive ACIOP awards program, community and faith-based organizations; libraries; health departments; and local, municipal, and state agencies used innovative programs and projects to help patients, the affected community, caregivers, and the general public navigate HIV/AIDS information.

Below, learn more about the ACIOP, its impact in targeted communities, and some of the engaging, culturally relevant HIV/AIDS projects and programs supported in recent years.

    Awardee Reach & Focus

    The ACIOP has supported more than 200 awardees across 38 states in their efforts to reach target populations.

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    Innovative Projects

    Explore the innovative HIV/AIDS projects funded, including interactive trainings, social media campaigns and mobile apps.

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    HIV/AIDS Resources

    View trusted government resources for people and communities living with HIV/AIDS.

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    Based on awardee feedback, ACIOP funding was instrumental in implementing projects and resulted in increased awareness of HIV/AIDS information in targeted communities. Projects provided targeted audiences with access to engaging, culturally relevant, reliable, and quality HIV/AIDS information to motivate audiences to take action to address their health. Overall, impact was defined as the number of people trained, reached, and exposed to disseminated information and engagement within their target audiences.

    A few awardees impact statements are below:

    This project not only promotes awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention information and related resources, but also presents these skills and resources in an engaging, inclusive, and empowering way, which is critical to creating greater and lasting impact on new HIV infections in the communities [we] serve.
    To our team, “Impact” refers not only to statistical outcomes, but also to the anecdotal/qualitative feedback our team has received since launching this campaign. We have received many stories of people having a sense of hope restored during times of desperation and confusion regarding their HIV status...
    The first step in facilitating access [to HIV/AIDS information] is making people aware of the issue and the relevance to them personally (including loved ones who may be at risk). The second part of this is giving busy stakeholders ready-to-go content they can simply download and use without much effort.

    The ACIOP was administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) via contract with NLM.

Last Reviewed: January 30, 2024