National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day is a day that’s observed annually on September 18th. It’s also known as NHAAD and is a day that’s designed to bring awareness to the general public about the challenges that age presents for HIV prevention, care, treatment, and care.
Thanks to advancements in HIV treatments, people living with HIV are living longer than ever before, and they can face treatment-related challenges.
The History Of National HIV/AIDS And Aging Awareness Day
This day was first launched in 2008 by the National Institutes Of Health to raise awareness about HIV-related issues for aging adults. It has been observed every year to spread the word about the challenges that age presents for people living with HIV. It’s also used to spread the word about the importance of older Americans getting tested for HIV.
Facts About HIV/AIDS In The U.S
During the course of our research, we’ve come across some facts about HIV/AIDS that we’d like to share with all of our readers. The following statics come from the CDC and the National Institute Of Health (NIH).
- Over 30 million people have died from HIV/AIDS-related causes since 1981.
- By the end of 2018, an estimated 1.2 million in the U.S had HIV.
- Of those who had HIV in 2018, approximately 14% of them didn’t know they had it.
- In 2018, 24% of all HIV diagnoses were for heterosexuals.
- In 2018, 69% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S were gay or bisexual.
- Approximately a quarter of all people living with HIV in the U.S are over the age of 55.
- A person can have HIV for years without developing AIDS.
- People who start treatment early and stay on their treatment can prevent HIV from progressing to AIDS.
- A person can have HIV and not have any symptoms.
- Every year, the U.S has approximately 37,000 new cases of people infected with HIV.
- At this point in time, HIV isn’t curable but it is manageable.
- Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the U.S is diagnosed with HIV.
Observing National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day
Anyone looking to observe this day can so by attending one of the many information seminars organized at health clinics or by attending a health fair. People can also visit theaidsinstitute.org for more information on HIV/AIDS and to find out how to get involved.