Every year people join together to celebrate and honor the Long-Term Survivors of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. June 5 was chosen to observe HIV Long-Term Survivors Day to commemorate the day in 1981 when the CDC first announced the mysterious illness that was killing young gay men. It was called the Gay Cancer but was the beginning of HIV/AIDS awareness before it was known as HIV/AIDS.
HIV Long-Term Survivors Day celebrates those who have defied the odds by living with HIV for decades. June 5 is about coming together and realizing that this community is not alone. Today 54% of all people living with HIV in the US are over 50. By 2020 that will increase to 70 percent. The new face of HIV is aging. This awareness campaign focuses on ensuring that HIV Long-Term Survivors are not forgotten in the current HIV dialogue.