May 18 is celebrated as World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. On this day, HIV vaccine advocates promote the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. Meanwhile thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, supporters and scientists are working together to find a safe and effective AIDS vaccine, there is an important need to recognize the importance of investing in AIDS and HIV vaccine.
On this World AIDS Vaccine Day, let us be more careful and keep this precautionary measure of AIDS/HIV in mind: Always speak to your local sexual health clinic or general practitioner for any advice on AIDS or HIV to reduce the risk of the disease. Do not wait for symptoms of AIDS to appear. Get regular blood test done from time to time and get yourself detected for AIDS.
Always have safe intercourse to avoid the spread of AIDS or any other sexually-transmitted disease. Also, talk to your partner about HIV testing and get tested before you have sex. Do not ever share needles or any other injecting devices to prevent transmission of AIDS virus. Always use disposable gloves when at risk of direct contact with blood. HIV positive women should consider giving birth by caesarian section and all HIV+ new mothers should consider feeding their baby with formula instead of breastfeeding.