World AIDS Vaccine Day, observed annually on the 18th of May, highlights the burning importance of the need for a vaccine to combat AIDS and HIV infections.
This day is also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus attacks the body’s immune system, thereby making the person vulnerable to infections and diseases.
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is a condition where the body’s immune system is damaged by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
People misunderstand and often have prejudices against those who have AIDS. So, World AIDS Vaccine Day is also observed to reach out to people with HIV and AIDS and help them cope with it.
The World AIDS Vaccine Day was first celebrated in 1998, a year after former US President Bill Clinton addressed the public on the need for a vaccine for AIDS.
This day pays tribute to the health workers, volunteers, scientists and other community members who are working hard to provide us with an AIDS-free environment.