- HIV/AIDS 101
- Reduce Your Risk
- HIV Testing
- Prevention Research
- Just Diagnosed
- HIV In Your Body
- Find Care & Treatment
- Understand Your Test Results
- Treatment Options
- Your Legal Rights
- Talking About Your Status
- Helping Someone Recently Diagnosed
- Staying Healthy
- Taking Care Of Yourself
- Potential Related Health Problems
- Friends & Family
- Policies &
- PEPFAR &
- National HIV/AIDS
- Recursos en
- New Media
- Getting Started
with New Media
- New Media
- Follow Us
on New Media
- Virtual Office Hours
- New Media
- News &
- National Black HIV Awareness Day
- National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
- National Transgender HIV Testing Day
- HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
- National Asian & Pacific Islander Awareness Day
- Hepatitis Testing Day
- Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- National HIV Testing Day
- National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
- National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
- World AIDS Day
- 30 Years of AIDS
- Viral Hepatitis
- Awareness Days
What are QR codes?
“QR” (or “quick response”) codes store information in the form of a two-dimensional square barcode. QR codes direct users to mobile websites or videos, store text or contact information, call a phone number, and/or send text messages and emails.
People interact with QR codes by scanning the barcode with their mobile phone camera with an app. A QR reader application is needed to detect the QR code. You can download a QR reader application to your smartphone through a mobile application store. It is possible to track when, where, and how many people are scanning QR codes with Google Analytics, Bit.ly, and other services.
How can I use QR codes in response to HIV?
Many commercial companies use QR codes as part of their marketing campaigns. At AIDS.gov, we are exploring the use of QR codes on brochures, posters, postcards, or business cards to:
- Link users to more detailed information about HIV-related topics.
- Provide contact information about HIV services for people to quickly download.
- Promote specific HIV events (e.g., National HIV Testing Day).
Examples from the field
The AIDS.gov HIV/AIDS Prevention & Services Provider Locator helps users locate HIV/AIDS related clinics in their area.
AIDS.gov Branded QR Code
QR codes allow some flexibility for branding.
Where can I learn more?
Last revised: 07/01/2013