There are four letters, that when put together can spell out a lifetime of agony, despair, prejudice and constant indignation; AIDS. Over the years the disease has been called GRID, Gay Cancer and finally came the name that is commonly accepted today, AIDS. Multiple theories are present as to the origin of this deadly virus, all of them are unique but no matter what the origin or name, AIDS is a terrible epidemic that needs to come to an end. People have suffered long enough, and too many people have been discriminated against something that’s not entirely their fault. The medicine for AIDS only prolongs the inevitable, and suffering of the poor people cursed with the disease. AIDS as of now is a death sentence and it currently has no cure; it targets people of every race, age, and gender from all walks of life but despite AIDS only being been around for less than a century, it has managed to leave an immense impact on American history, individuals, society and culture.
The AIDS epidemic has reached disastrous proportions on the continent of Africa. Over the past two decades, two thirds of the more than 16 million people in the world infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, live in sub-Saharan Africa. It is now home to the largest number of people infected, with 70 percent of the world’s HIV infected population. The problem of this ongoing human tragedy is that Africa is also the least equipped region in the world to cope with all the challenges posed by the HIV virus. In order understand the social and economic consequences of the disease, it is important to study the relationship between poverty, the global response, and the effectiveness of AIDS prevention, both government and grass roots.
AIDS is a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles. It is the most serious outcome of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. People with AIDS often suffer lung, brain, eye and other organ disease along with debilitating weight loss, diarrhea, candidacies, dementia, toxoplasmosis and a type of cancer called Kaposi's Sarcoma, and makes the immune system weak and therefore less able to fight certain infections and diseases. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&oi=defmore&q=define:aids) AIDS is currently incurable, and is spread through the transfer of bodily fluids. According to WHO estimates, by end-1996, nearly 30 million people – including over 2.5 million children – had been infected with HIV since the start of the pandemic. Every day, more than 7000 adults and 500 babies are infected. More than 8 million people have developed AIDS. Of the 26.8 million adults with HIV infection – the global estimate in end-1996 – 14 million were in Sub-Saharan Africa and more than 3.5 million in Asia. Our region, that is South-East Asia, is likely to suffer the brunt of the pandemic - being home to over half the world’s population. Moreover, HIV/AIDS is now present in every continent and in every region of the world. (http://w3.whosea.org/en/Section10/Section18/Section349.htm)
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS, is a serious disease that becomes more and more common in our nation and around the world.
Today millions of people globally are plagued with HIV/AIDS; some of which were contracted unknowingly through heterosexual sexual contact, others unknowingly through homosexual contact and surprisingly some who set out to contract HIV/AIDS purposefully. Bareback sex refers to intercourse without the use of any barrier protections to prevent the transmission of bodily fluids between participants. This is an extremely high risk behavior given the number of sexually transmitted diseases, and not knowing the status of HIV in them or in their partners. Unfortunately, in some developing countries the technology and condom supply are very little in respect to the sexually active population, and therefore results in more cases of STD’s and HIV/AIDS.
After reading “Developing a Web Site for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention in a Middle Income Country: A Pilot Study from Thailand” (Kasatpibal, Visekul & Srikantha, Fongkaew, Surapagdee, Grimes, 2012) study (p 560-563). It is interesting appealing to the public about the new awareness that has occurred organized online to support HIV method of prevention. The article stated that only “41 MSMs” (men who have sex with men) were to be conduct in the research. The participants are HIV negative. However, may have contact with HIV positive person. The study conducted in “Chiang Mai, Thailand” in 2010-2011. The person chosen in that research was targeted at person with good computer skills and technology. However, there are a few concerns there is concern about the technology, design, prevention in the study need to research. There needs to be more variety to involve in the study as “41” person seemed to be a tiny number to involve in this research.
Introduction & Objectives
Launched in 1996, UNAIDS, the United Nations specialized organisation on the global epidemic HIV/AIDS has focused on several goals ranging from “reducing sexual transmission to closing the resource gap across countries, eliminating gender inequalities, strengthening HIV integration” (Goals, 2014) among others. HIV/AIDS is one of the deadliest and most serious health challenges of our century. It is of such grave importance that combating it became part of the 6th United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) preceding the Millennium Summit in 2000.
Since the discovery of the virus in the early 1980s the number of HIV/AIDS related deaths have progressively lowered, especially and increasingly since the mid-2000s. However as the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, pointed out in our agency’s 2013 annual report, AIDS remains an unfinished MDG that needs continuous effort and determination in order for it to be accomplished.
In the war against HIV/ AIDS, promiscuity and drug use are among the most common sources of infection and education our greatest ally. Although medicine is vastly improving the lives of those infected, the disease is persistent and incurable. Prevention may prove to be the most effective method in subduing this disease for some time to come.
With a disease that doesn’t discriminate towards any group, HIV/AIDS is a disease that is impacting the world at an alarming rate. It doesn’t matter your age, sex, race, sexual orientation, this disease impacts every demographic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), “Worldwide, there were about 2.5 million new cases of HIV in 2011. About 34.2 million people are living with HIV around the world.” There are many myths and confusion about this disease, and in this paper I’m going to discuss what HIV and AIDS are, as well as its impact it’s making around the world. Although there is no cure for this disease there are ways that your chances of contracting it are decreased, as well as medical treatments that you can receive to slow the progression.
...trive to live normal lives. Scientists also struggle to create a vaccine to get rid of HIV permanently. It is an important live saving decision to practice safe sex or abstinence and also to avoid the using needles to inject drugs.