Why isn’t there an International Cure for AIDS Day?
It is our hope that the Global AIDS Community will support the idea of a first ever International Cure for AIDS Day. This has been a vision of the Cure for AIDS Coalition since the Berlin Patient was cured of HIV over 8 years ago. We feel the that time is right. We feel it will be an important day in support of Cure for AIDS related Awareness, Education and Full Funding for Cure related Research – in hopes we can End this epidemic once and for all. But most important it will also be a day to remember the millions world wide living with HIV and AIDS and those we have lost to this dreaded disease that changed the world forever and who are making or made the ultimate sacrifice toward finding a Cure for AIDS.
We are considering three days which are listed below. As is customary in the world of science and medicine, they are all based on a scientific discovery and date in time related to the first person in the world cured of HIV – the Berlin Patient (Timothy Ray Brown). The brilliant doctor, Gero Huetter, who came up with the idea for the Berlin Patient’s and the world’s first Cure for AIDS describes the three potential days (below) to mark one of the most historic moments in science and medicine over the past century.
HIV/AIDS Awareness Days & Cure for AIDS Day
February 2 International Cure for AIDS Day Possible
- 2008, per Dr. Gero Huetter the brilliant doctor who cured Timothy Ray Brown, “this was the day I presented the poster of your story at the CROI conference in Boston. From this point your case became public for a larger number of people.”
February 7 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 20 National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
April 10 National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
April 25 International Cure for AIDS Day Possible
- 2007, per Dr. Gero Huetter, “This was the first blood test where both the HIV RNA and DNA were negative 68 days after Timothy Ray Brown’s first CCR5 Delta 32 stem cell transplantation. Between transplantation and this date we had two positive DNA testing. Usually, HIV-DNA can be negative by chance in every HIV patient for a short period. Retrospectively, I suggested elimination of the virus from your body has happened during this time, much earlier than expected.”
May 18 HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
May 18 International AIDS Candlelight Vigil Day
May 19 National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
May 19 Hepatitis Testing Day
June 8 Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
June 27 National HIV Testing Day
September 18 National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
September 27 National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
October 15 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
November 18 International Cure for AIDS Day Possible
- 2006, per Dr. Gero Huetter, “There is a third date which came into my mind this morning. It´s November, 18th 2006 – where we found donor #61 homozygous for the CCR5-delta32 deletion and who became later the donor for Timothy Ray Brown.”
December 1 World AIDS Day
- The most recognized HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. Observed on December 1st every year, it is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. World AIDS Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World Hepatitis Day. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be December 1, 1988. Bunn, a former television broadcast journalist from San Francisco, had recommended the date of December 1st believing it would maximize coverage of World AIDS Day by western news media, sufficiently long following the United States elections but before the Christmas holidays.
The above HIV and AIDS Awareness Days were taken from the United States Government website, AIDS.gov