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HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 5 of June, repeating indefinitely
June 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD). First observed in 2014, it’s a day to honor long-term survivors of HIV and raise awareness about their needs, issues, and journeys.
The selection of June 5 for this annual observance coincides with the anniversary of the first official reporting of what became known as the AIDS epidemic on June 5, 1981. When the CDC first reported on five cases of a mysterious disease affecting young gay men. June 5, 1981 is considered the start of the AIDS pandemic.