National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
We observe National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on the 18th of September every year. Even though it’s an odd combination, our main motive to observe this day is spreading awareness among people.
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Why National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day?
HIV/AIDS is something that we can’t ignore. There are so many misconceptions about this topic. The truth is an individual can live longer with HIV. They just need proper treatment and care. Moreover, if an aging person has HIV, they need more care.
And that’s the key reason to observe this day. Sure, you don’t have to post a fun picture on social media. But you can teach people how to handle this issue. This is one of the best days to spread awareness on this less-discussed topic. Keep reading to know how to observe this day.
How Can We Observe National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
As you can see, this is not our usual celebration day. That’s why you have to be a bit sensitive in this case. If this is your first time observing this day, make sure you learn about all the things. For the first year, you can start slow. In the following list, we will share how to observe this special day in the right way. Let’s find out:
- Talk to Your Family
It’s better to start with your family. We know that the conversation can be difficult and awkward at the same time. However, it will be very helpful for the older members of your family. Make sure you give all the details while talking to them. Take time to prepare yourself.
- Learn More
If it’s your first time observing this day, you have to get the complete details. The good thing is there are so many resources available both online and offline. You can visit some reputed websites and learn some articles. On the other hand, you can read some books as well.
- Become a Volunteer
One of the best ways to observe this day is by becoming a volunteer. By choosing this way you can learn a lot about this topic. To join an organization as a volunteer, make sure you do some research and understand how they work.
- Help People
You might know people who are HIV positive. In this case, you can help them. For example, if they are not aware of the treatment, you can arrange it. On the other hand, you can also work with an organization to help more people.
- Spread Awareness
As you know, the key reason to observe this day is to spread awareness. So, this is the easiest thing you can do to help people. Take your time to teach people about this topic. You can choose both online and offline methods to spread awareness among people.
There are many people who still have no idea about this observation. You can use social media and post using the #NationalHIVHIDSAndAgingAwarenessDay hashtag to spread your word.
Interesting Facts About National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
Before you observe this special event, you have to dig deeper into the details. In this case, there are some considerations you can have to check before getting involved. That’s why we will share the top things you have to know about HIV/AIDS and aging. Keep reading to know more.
- According to a 2014 report, around 428,000 people aged 50+ were living with HIV in America.
- Still, there are so many people in the US who remain undiagnosed after testing HIV positive. As per experts, each one in seven people in America is HIV positive but they don’t have an idea about it.
- HIV brings other health issues as well. As per a report, half of the HIV-positive people can have HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders. And it can affect their memory and motor skills.
- Many people have no idea that HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic where around 37 million people are living with HIV.
History of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
The motive for observing this day was to spread awareness. Even though we are living in an advanced world, we can’t ignore some serious matters. There are so many people who have no clear idea about HIV/AIDS. That’s why we started observing this day. However, we weren’t able to find who started observing the day.