Since 1988, December 1st has been observed as World AIDS Day. The World Health Organization designated this day to ensure renewed and ongoing attention to the threat posed by HIV/AIDS. It is estimated by Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) that over 1 million people in the United States are currently living with HIV.
Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) observes and acknowledges this day in honor of our community members who contracted HIV and hepatitis C after injecting contaminated antihemophilic clotting factor into their bodies prior to 1985. Approximately ten thousand people with hemophilia contracted HIV (and hepatitis C) during this time, and no less than eight thousand have died.
In honor of our community members who are deceased and those who still struggle with co-morbidities contracted from contaminated products, we offer our gratitude for the heroic diligence and sacrifice in ensuring a safe blood supply for all.
In 2013, HFA hosted a webinar to honor World AIDS Day. To view the recorded webinar, click here. Also available for download are the slides and handout.
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