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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD)

Today is National HIV/AIDS and ,Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), now you are probably asking what is this day about and why is it important. 

 About 1 in 4 adults in the United States who are living with HIV infection are aged 50 or older. 18% of new HIV diagnoses occur among those aged 50 and older. 
 In 2013, 1 in 6 new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. were among persons aged 50 or older.
NHAAD was launched On September 18, 2008, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day was launched by The AIDS Institute in an effort to raise awareness due to the alarming increase in the number of older adults becoming infected with HIV as well as those older adults over 50 aging with HIV.
The goals of NHAAD is to emphasize the need for prevention, research and data targeting the aging population and increase medical understanding of the aging process and its impact on HIV/AIDS. Through action, the hope is to increase the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Through awareness, we hope to reduce stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS among the aging population. 
 As apart of the first generation of children born with AIDS, this day is important and I am glad research and awareness is being brought to this subject so myself and others can know what to expect as life expectancy has increased for people living with HIV/AIDS.  
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