Sunday, December 2, 2007
World Aids Day
World Aids Day.. HIV has been around for more than 20 years and there is no cure. There are presently 39+ million people living with HIV with 4.5 million newly infected people each year. There have been some advances made- reducing the transmission rate from mothers to babies, the revelation that circumcision reduces the rate of transmission, development of new therapies. This is actually a preventable disease which means that in an ideal world, HIV could be eradicated within 1 generation. but there has been a general mis-education of the public since it's advent and prevention conflicts with certain cultural practices.
HIV is growing in Asia- in China and southeast Asia. There needs to be more emphasis on prevention and education, a better approach than waiting for pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs that will be too expensive for the majority anyway.