HIV vaccine awareness day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is observed on 18th May, since this was the day in 1990 when the first HIV vaccine was tested. It is also observed in May to commemorate the anniversary of the day in 1985 when the AIDS epidemic was officially recognized. The day is observed by many to promote awareness about the vaccine and to encourage those who work in the field to keep on researching and developing a cure for HIV.

World AIDS Day is a day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Many initiatives, services, and events are held on this day to commemorate people lost to AIDS and to raise awareness of the disease and its global impact — including the development of a vaccine. HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight infections and certain cancers.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (slow virus) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV infects cells of the immune system, such as CD4 T lymphocytes and macrophages. Over time, this infection leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.

In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people suffering from a host of illnesses from HIV and AIDS to cancer. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), cancer is now the second leading cause of death in the world, exceeding the death rate from any other illness. This is, of course, a reflection of the fact that people are living longer. But what is also true is that there is now a much greater incidence of a range of illnesses. New research has shown that the rate of cancer has increased six-fold in the last 50 years. The number of people living with cancer is now estimated at 12 million worldwide. It is now the most common cause of death in the UK and the US.

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