HIV/AIDS Testing: A Wake Up Call

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Thirty years ago, the AIDS, “Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome”, was not a well-known disease and infected people by that disease were not quarantined, because of lack of information about the disease. The medical scholars explained that AIDS is the culmination of the virus onset, HIV, “human immunodeficiency virus”. Currently, the infected people with complications, emaciation, diarrhea, tuberculosis, cancer, fever, vomiting, cannot meet together what ever the occasion, birthday party, first communion, wedding. Around the world, in some countries, that disease has become a stigma and infected people are isolated, even by their own families. It turns out that the disease has sprung up relentlessly, via national and international contacts and threatens the humanity’s existence. In December 2007, a report of the United Nations/AIDS, mentioned that, through the planet earth, “33 million people lived with the HIV; 2, 5 million were infected and 1, 7 million died of the disease”. In her book, The Invisible Cure, Helen Epstein predicted, for 2010, “25 million AIDS orphans worldwide” (Epstein xii). The HIV/AIDS testing should be imposed to everyone and on a regular basis to At-Risk groups, prostitutes, drugs addicts, homosexuals and hemophiliacs because testing is the key to controlling the disease. Everyone, adults, children or teenagers should undergo the HIV testing once a year. These individuals can contact the HIV virus in many ways, sexual contacts, blood transfusion, without knowing it. In the Journal of Women’s Health, Aletha, Akers et al. observed: Until recently, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention And the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) considered All adults aged 15-64 years residing in com... ... middle of paper ... ...V infections in the USA is due to the testing; but anyone examining the CDC data can see the decreasing of the HIV disease. Thus, there is a comfortable probability that the HIV/AIDS testing help to control the disease. It’s time to wake up then and get tested. Works Cited Akers, et al. “Factors Associated with Lack of Interest in HIV Testing in Older At-Risk Women”. Journal of Women’s Health. volume 16 No 6, 2006. 843 Behrman, Greg. The Invisible People: How the US Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic, the Greatest Humanitarian Catastrophe of Our Time, Free Press, New York, N.Y. 2006. 6, 113, 114 Epstein, Helen. The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS, 1st ed. Farrar, New York 2007. Xii, 38 Liebert, Mary Ann. Journal of Women’s Health. Volume16. No 6, 2007

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