The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent $55,000 to promote HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, even though no vaccine exists. May 18, 2010, marked the thirteenth annual observance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. According to the NIAID website, "[t]his annual observance is a day to recognize and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine. It is also a day to educate our communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. In recognition of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, community activities and media events are being held around the country." Between 2001 and 2005, NIH spent more than $5.2 million on this "HIV vaccine awareness" campaign,
not including staff time or travel expenses.