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World AIDS Vaccine Day 2024: A Global Effort to Combat HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed annually on May 18. It serves as a platform to raise awareness about the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS and emphasizes the critical need for HIV vaccine research.

What Is AIDS?

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a serious condition caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The virus attacks the body's immune system, compromising CD4 cells that play a crucial role in fighting infections and diseases. Left untreated, AIDS can become life-threatening.

Causes and Symptoms

HIV can be transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal secretions, anal fluids, and breast milk. Unprotected sexual intercourse and sharing contaminated needles or syringes are common modes of transmission. Symptoms include fever, joint pain, sore throat, fatigue, and more.

History and Significance

World AIDS Vaccine Day was initiated in 1998 following a call to action by then-US President Bill Clinton. His 1997 speech at Morgan State University emphasized the urgency of developing an HIV vaccine. On this day, we pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to AIDS and work towards debunking myths surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Quotes

"Everyone can make a real difference. Your voice is needed in a global movement that can change your world." - Pierce Brosnan

"Give a child love, laughter, and peace, not AIDS." – Nelson Mandela

"AIDS is a disease that is hard to talk about." - Unknown

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