World AIDS Vaccine Day

World AIDS Vaccine Day

World AIDS Vaccine Day
HIV Vaccine

World  AIDS Vaccine Day is enhanced to create awarenes on HIV and AIDS and the available vaccines on the same. It is also meant to honour efforts made by researchers and  healthcare proffessionals who put their skills together and come up with the vaccine and the importance of the vaccine against HIV and AIDS.

The day was first observed in 1998. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, (NIAID) , which is part of United States Institutes of Health collaborated in making the day official.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus while AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.  HIV and AIDS is a disease that is contacted through intimacy with a person with the disease, who is called a 'carrier'. 

There is no cure for the disease yet, but there is an available vaccine to keep the patient`s immune strong. Unlike before when infected  nursing mothers could not breastfeed their children, the vaccine has made it possible to breastfeed for until 6 months. 

Medics advice for regular check ups since the disease might not be ditected on the first check up. Among signs to check out for are flu- like symptoms after 2 to 4 weeks of infections. However, some people do not show any signs. 

HIV/ AIDS has three  stages. Symptomatic, Assymptomatic and fully acquired. The symptoms change as the disease intensifies. 

Over the years, infected people have faced different challanges which include stigmatisation. This is when someone refuses to associate with others and burry themselves in sorrows. To curb this, it is adviced that you keep such individuals close, this will do away with suicidal thoughts and help them in embracing themselves.