National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is held on September 18. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people aged 55 and older accounted for 26% of the estimated 1.2 million people living with diagnosed or undiagnosed HIV infection in the United States in 2013. This event in the second decade of the month September is annual. Help us
HIV is a disease that does not discriminate. Anyone can contract this disease, which is why it is important for students to be AWARE of how to protect themselves and prevent the transmission of HIV.
Founded by The AIDS Institute, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day brings attention to issues related to HIV among older Americans, including new infections among older adults and adults over 50 aging with HIV.
Older people living with HIV are more likely to have comorbidities, or coexisting conditions, that are associated with advancing age, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, lung disease, liver and kidney problems, cancer, bone loss, frailty, depression and cognitive decline.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on October 15 (United States);
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7 (United States);
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10 (United States);
World AIDS Orphans Day on May 7 (an event organized by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Association since 2002 to raise public and government awareness of the plight of orphans);