The international community is coming together today to raise awareness about psoriasis, and this year’s theme for World Psoriasis Day is ‘global access to treatment.’ The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) includes almost 50 member associations around world, including the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) right here in the U.S. They’re helping to spread the word about this chronic, autoimmune disease that affects more than 125 million people across the globe. So what are the messages we’re all trying to get out there today?
- Raise awareness: to let people with psoriasis know that they’re not alone
- Improve access to treatment: to move it up on the healthcare agenda
- Increasing understanding: educate people about the condition so that they can discuss it openly
- Building unity among the psoriasis community: to provide a platform for the patient voice
And here at PatientsLikeMe, the psoriasis community isn’t just raising awareness today; they’re doing it every day, all year round. Together, they’re learning to improve their quality of life and are paving the way to better care by sharing their experiences. Check out some of our member interviews that are up on the blog to get a glimpse of what living with psoriasis means to them.
Raise awareness with one click – just click here and a tweet will go out from your own twitter account saying “Today is World Psoriasis Day and I’m sharing my story with @PsoriasisIFPA and the @patientslikeme #psoriasis community. RT #PLMer.” How easy is that!?
If you’re living with psoriasis, connect and share with more than 4,000 members in our growing psoriasis community. Use the symptom and treatment reports to learn more about your own health, and see how psoriasis affects other peoples’ daily lives, like jumping in swimming pools or going to tanning salons.