World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day, recognized on the first of December every year, is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Established in 1988, AIDS became the first public health issue to have a health awareness day.
In recognition of World AIDS Day that was observed on December 1st, Medicine-On-Time encourages everyone to get tested for HIV. In the United States, about 1 in 7 people who have HIV don’t know it. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested - as you could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once and some people may need to get tested more often depending on their risk factors.
To find an HIV testing location near you, text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or use this online locator: https://locator.aids.gov/
There are many myths about how HIV is spread, but HIV can only be passed from one person to another by:
- Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV
- Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
- Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
- Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)
Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 37,600 people get infected with HIV every year. If you are infected with HIV/AIDS, it is important to note that there are treatment options available. However, like all conditions, adherence habits can be the difference between life or death.
Adherence allows HIV medications to reduce the amount of HIV in the body. If a person were to skip their medications, even now and then, they are giving HIV the chance to multiply rapidly. Keeping the amount of virus in the patient’s blood as low as possible is the best way to protect your health. Using an adherence solution, like Medicine-On-Time’s calendar cards, is the best way to ensure patients get the help they need. Potential Benefits for an HIV/AIDS patient who remains adherent include:
- A stronger immune system that is better able to fight infections
- A reduced risk of passing HIV to others
- Potential prevention of drug resistance *
Living with HIV/AIDS can be difficult, but at Medicine-On-Time, we believe in helping all patients reach the best possible outcome for their prognosis. Whether you volunteer, wear a red ribbon, provide tools for health care, or just be a friend to those in need, we can all make all make an impact in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.
*Please note that every HIV/AIDS case is unique and remaining adherent on a treatment plan is only one factor in the prognosis and outcome of the disease.