World AIDS Vaccine Day - 18 May

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World-AIDS-Vaccine-Day-18-MayWorld AIDS Vaccine Day is observed on 18 May and it emphasises the importance of making a vaccine for HIV, an incurable disease.

An Overview of the News

  • World AIDS Vaccine Day is also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

  • Pays tribute to the scientists and researchers working on the HIV/AIDS vaccine and raises awareness.

  • According to the World Health Organisation, HIV has killed 40.1 million people globally.

History of World AIDS Vaccine Day:

  • On May 18, 1997, former US President Bill Clinton gave a speech at Morgan State University in Maryland.

  • President Clinton stressed the importance of a highly effective HIV vaccine to combat and eliminate HIV transmission.

  • In honour of President Clinton's speech, May 18 was designated as World AIDS Vaccine Day.

  • The first event of World AIDS Vaccine Day was held in 1998.

About HIV Infection

  • HIV weakens the immune system and can lead to AIDS.

  • Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is an effective treatment and prevention method for HIV.

World Health Organization:

Establishment - 7 April 1948

Head - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Headquarters - Geneva, Switzerland

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