HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day is held annually on June 5th on the anniversary of the first published report of what came to be known as AIDS. On June 5, 1981 the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a brief account of five young gay men who had been diagnosed with Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP), indicating signs of severely compromised immune systems. The account sent huge shockwaves throughout the LGBT community and eventually, around the world.
HIV Long-Term Survivors Day 2018 is a big year in the lives of survivors. It has been 37 years since the announcement of HIV. It is also the 20th anniversary of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) that slowed the death rate and turned HIV into a “chronic manageable illness”. Now we are talking about “ending AIDS” while many of the disease's longest term survivors feel forgotten and invisible.
This day is about changing that. It is no longer enough to survive. HIV Long-Term Survivors Day is a call to action to THRIVE. It is about being visible, standing firmly in this remarkable survival and honoring resilience.
We’re Still Here!
The awareness color for HIV/AIDS is Red.
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