In 2009, the Universal Postal Union, the United Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the International Labour Organization and UNI Global Union launched a global HIV-prevention campaign through the postal network.
The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting oneself against the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, by conveying information to the public via eye-catching posters, fact sheets and an informative website. Posts worldwide also issued stamps to draw attention to the virus and epidemic by marking 30 years of AIDS in 2011.
The more than 5 million postal employees are an important campaign target. Campaign partners are working with Posts and unions to promote HIV workplace policies and train staff on prevention.