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World AIDS Vaccine Day is being observed on May 18th every year to honor the efforts of hundreds of scientists and medical professionals who are working persistently to develop a vaccine to combat the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The day is also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.
The day is observed with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of HIV vaccinations in preventing HIV infection and AIDS. The event also honors the countless health professionals, scientists, community members, and volunteers who are helping to develop an AIDS vaccine.
The theme for this year has not been announced yet.
HIV is a severe global public health issue, with an estimated 38 million people living with the virus by the end of 2019.
The history of World AIDS Vaccine Day is as follows;
The first case of HIV was identified in 1984. The day was conceptualized following a speech by former United States President Bill Clinton, on May 18, 1997, at the Morgan State University, Maryland. Research on an HIV vaccine began in 1987 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But even after years of research, there is no vaccine for life-threatening HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
HIV gradually weakens the immune system in humans and exposes people to pathogens that take advantage of compromised immunity which causes life-threatening complications. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). The virus can be transmitted through contact with infected blood, semen or vaginal fluids. Only a proper vaccine can limit the spread of the disease and help us eliminate it from the root.