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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day - September 18
Wed, Sep 18, 2024

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS. It is celebrated annually on September 18.

History

All events on this day are held with the support of the official internet portal HIV.gov. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is relatively new, discovered in 1983 and originating from Africa. Since then, it has spread throughout the world, and there is still no complete cure for it.

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is necessary so people do not forget about the existence of this virus and take all necessary measures to prevent infection.

Medical corporations actively continue searching for a cure. Currently, there are only very effective drugs aimed at slowing the disease’s development. Their use allows the sick person to lead a completely normal and long life. The most important thing is a timely diagnosis at the initial stage when the immune system is still not seriously damaged.

Interesting Facts

  • HIV infects lymphocytes in the blood, preventing their regeneration. When these cells die, the body cannot effectively respond to attacks from disease-causing microbes and viruses. Without proper treatment, a person can die from the common cold.
  • The first symptoms appear about 8 years after the initial infection.
  • HIV is transmitted in only three ways: through sexual contact, through blood, and from mother to child.

How to Take Part

If you have HIV/AIDS patients among your acquaintances or friends, express support for them and spend the day with them. Often such people are left alone, as society turns away from them. This is completely unfair, because anyone could be in their place.

Learn more online about the human immunodeficiency virus and how it works in the body. Get tested for HIV/AIDS and make sure you are healthy. You can also provide financial support to international organizations fighting this disease.

When is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day celebrated in 2024?

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is observed on September 18 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday September 18 2024
Thursday September 18 2025
Friday September 18 2026
Saturday September 18 2027
Monday September 18 2028
Tuesday September 18 2029