HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day #HLTSAD
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HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day #HLTSAD

June 5
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June 5

June 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSADExit Disclaimer). First observed in 2014, it’s a day to honor long-term survivors of HIV and raise awareness about their needs, issues, and journeys.

The selection of June 5 for this annual observance coincides with the anniversary of the first official reporting of what became known as the AIDS epidemic on June 5, 1981, when the CDC first reported on five cases of a mysterious disease affecting young gay men. June 5, 1981 is considered the start of the AIDS pandemic.

HIV Long-Term Survivors (HLTS) represent a diverse group of people, including:

  • People diagnosed with HIV before the advent of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy or HAART in 1996. They make up about 25% of all people living with HIV and AIDS. 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. That makes about 300,000 long-term survivors, defined as individuals who acquired HIV before 1996 and the introduction of HAART.
  • People who have been living with HIV for over 10 years are also part of this group.
  • People who acquired HIV at birth or as young children, also known as lifetime survivors of HIV or Dandelions.

Visit the HLTSAD websiteExit Disclaimer for more information about the awareness day. This observance day is led by LKAExit Disclaimer, an organization that also created a safe space online to help individuals find peer support. Request to join the Facebook group hereExit Disclaimer.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2024, The Reunion ProjectExit Disclaimer invites you to attend their National Virtual Reunion Meeting, “Looking Ahead – Living With HIV.” This is a 3-hour event starting at 11 AM PT/ 12 PM MT/ 1 PM CT/ 2 PM ET. Register here: Disclaimer.

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