Posts Tagged ‘Awareness’

World AIDS Day

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

World AIDS Day

December 1

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988.

In 2016, the US Government is using the theme “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”

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Trans Awareness Week

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Trans Awareness MonthNovember 12 – 19 individuals and organizations around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces.

November is National Diabetes Month

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

November is National Diabetes Month. The National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) theme this year is Managing Diabetes-It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It.

Transgender Awareness Month

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

November is Transgender Awareness Month.

GLAAD’s Spirit Day to Fight LGBT Bullying

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

LGBTQ youth are bullied at much higher rates than other students. Let’s show them they’re not alone and stand against bullying by going purple this October 20th. Take the pledge today! Learn more at

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

October 15

The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), Exit Disclaimer the Hispanic Federation and many other organizations organize this day.

Find NLAAD resources at, Exit Disclaimer including posters, graphics, PSAs and themed materials.

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National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27

In 2008 the National Association of People with AIDS launched this observance day.

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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Friday, September 18th, 2020

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

September 18

The AIDS Institute Exit Disclaimer launched this day in 2008 and is the lead. The 2015 theme for NHAAAD was Aging is a part of life: HIV doesn’t have to be.

Learn more about HIV and aging here.

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World Hepatitis Day

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

The World Hepatitis Day on 28 July  is an opportunity to add momentum to all efforts to implement the WHO’s first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016-2021 and help Member States achieve the final goal – to eliminate hepatitis.

Eliminate hepatitis

Activities and awareness around World Hepatitis Day are designed to:

  • Build and leverage political engagement following official endorsement of the Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis at the World Health Assembly 2016.
  • Showcase emerging national responses to hepatitis in heavy burden countries.
  • Encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public.
  • Highlight the need for a greater global response .

In support of the “Eliminate hepatitis” campaign, WHO will release new information on national responses in 28 countries with the heaviest burden.

11 countries which carry almost 50% of the global burden of chronic hepatitis:

Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, Viet Nam.

17 countries that also have high prevalence and together with the above, account for 70% of the global burden:

Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.

Key messages for World Hepatitis Day

1. Viral hepatitis is a major global health problem and needs an urgent response.

There were approximately 325 million people living with chronic hepatitis at the end of 2015.

Globally, an estimated 257 million people were living with hepatitis B (HBV) infection, and 71 million people were living with hepatitis C (HCV) infection in 2015.

2. Very few of those infected accessed testing and treatment, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

By the end of 2015, only 9% of HBV-infected people and 20% of HCV-infected people had been tested and diagnosed. Of those diagnosed with HBV infection, 8% (or 1.7 million people) were on treatment, while 7% of those diagnosed with HCV infection (or 1.1 million people) had started treatment in 2015.

The global targets for 2030 are: 90% of people with HBV and HCV infections tested and 80% of eligible patients are reached with treatment.

3. Viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015 – comparable with TB deaths and exceeding deaths from HIV. Hepatitis deaths are increasing.

4. New hepatitis infections continue to occur, mostly hepatitis C.

The number of children under five living with chronic HBV infection was reduced to 1.3% in 2015 (from 4.7% before vaccines were introduced).

Hepatitis B vaccine is preventing approximately 4.5 million infections per year in children.

However, 1.75 million adults were newly infected with HCV in 2015, largely due to injecting drug use and due to unsafe injections in health care settings in certain countries.

5. Achieving the 2030 elimination goal is not overly ambitious; reports from 28 high-burden countries give cause for optimism.

On World Hepatitis Day 2017, WHO is publishing 28 country profiles which show that, despite many challenges, the global effort to eliminate hepatitis is gaining ground. However, major obstacles still remain.

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National HIV Testing Day

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

National HIV Testing Day

June 27

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995.

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