National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day – Sept. 18
Published: September 3, 2020
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) is observed each year on September 18. In 2008, the AIDS Institute launched this day to bring awareness to the challenging issues the aging population faces with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. #NHAAAD
” In 2016, nearly half of people in the United States (US) and dependent areas living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older.”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
“Americans that are 55 and older have a greater chance of getting diagnosed with HIV late in the course of the disease, which means a later start to treatment and potentially more damage to the person’s immune system.”American Psychology Association
Whereas the facts remain true, the observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—has since evolved to become a day to call attention to the growing number of people living long and full lives with HIV and to aging-related challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care.