Every year on May 18, the world commemorates World AIDS Vaccine Day. The day is also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, a campaign aimed at increasing public awareness about the importance of HIV vaccinations in preventing HIV infection and AIDS.
The day honours and appreciates volunteers, health professionals, and scientists who are collaborating to develop a safe and effective AIDS vaccine.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are two Lentivirus (a retrovirus subgroup) species that infect people. The virus progresses to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It's a disease that causes the immune system to gradually collapse, leading to occurrence of life-threatening infections. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, affects cells that assist the body fight infection. HIV increases a person's risk of contracting other diseases. It is disseminated by contact with HIV-positive people's body fluids. However, if HIV is not treated, AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome can develop.
Currently, there is no vaccine that can either prevent or treat HIV infection. Scientists are, nevertheless, working on an AIDS vaccine. Because of access to life-saving Anti-Retroviral Therapy, or ART, an increasing number of people living with HIV are leading normal lives.
World AIDS Vaccine Day 2022: History And Significance
The first World AIDS Vaccine Day was held on May 18, 1998, and was observed around the world. The idea for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day came from former US President Bill Clinton's commencement speech at Morgan State University in 1997 (May 18). He had stated that the vaccine was very necessary to contain and destroy the deadly disease. Clinton had underlined the need of maximising the use of science and technology in developing a vaccine that would improve people's ability to fight HIV and thereby protect the globe from the deadly disease of AIDS.
World AIDS Vaccine Day, since then, has been observed by numerous groups throughout the world to educate people about the importance of taking preventive measures, to spread AIDS education, to encourage researchers, and to assure the common man's full participation in this noble cause.
World AIDS Vaccine Day 2022: Quotes
- Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS- Nelson Mandela
- It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance- Elizabeth Taylor
- We must encourage people to get educated, to get tested, to get involved in the fight against AIDS- Gwen Moore
- Everyone can make a real difference. Your voice is needed in a global movement that can change their world- Pierce Brosnan
- The AIDS is a disease that is hard to talk about- Bill Gates