World AIDS Vaccine Day is celebrated every year on May 18. The day recognizes the experts who are working towards developing vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS. It is also known as HIV Vaccine Knowledge Day and was established on May 18, 1998.
Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent or treat HIV/AIDS infection, and several studies are still underway for its development. According to the World Health Organization, HIV/AIDS has claimed approximately 32 million lives globally, and it affects 75 million people worldwide.
The purpose of World AIDS Vaccine Awareness Day is twofold. Firstly, it salutes the medical professionals, researchers, volunteers, and other professionals who are tirelessly working towards developing an AIDS vaccine. Secondly, it aims to educate people about the significance of vaccines that save countless lives. This campaign is led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
HIV targets the immune system, resulting in weakened defense against infections and some kinds of cancer. It disrupts and impairs immune cell function. HIV transmission occurs through bodily fluids, such as blood, breast milk, semen, and vaginal fluids. A mother can transmit the infection to her child during pregnancy and childbirth. However, HIV is not spread through everyday contact, such as sharing personal belongings, food, or water.
In conclusion, World AIDS Vaccine Day is an essential day to raise awareness about the world’s ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS. This content provides general information only and should not be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice.