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HIV AIDS - Scourge Of The 21st Century

Apr 5, 2008
AIDS, an incurable disease, made itself known in the last century and wreaked havoc globally. What do AIDS mean and do what do we really know about its effect on people?

AIDS is the acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. This is an affliction that damages the immune system that brings other syndromes and infections brought about by the lowering of the immune system.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus is the one causing AIDS. It launches the disease; once this happened, the disease evolves continuously, until the death of the infected human.

To this date, no cure has been found yet for this disease. Current medications and surgical procedure are aimed to delay the progress of the disease. In 1981, AIDS has been declared as an official disease and recognized like the rest of the diseases. Sadly, number of deaths due to AIDS has increased geometrically. Based on the information released by the World Health Organization, AIDS claimed about 2.9 million lives in 2006 and infected 39.5 million worldwide.

It is heartbreaking to note that the number of people dying and getting infected continuously grow year after year. Again, WHO has estimated that the number goes up by about 4.3 million per year? Worldwide, 1% of people from age 15-45 are afflicted. In Africa the ratio is much higher, at 20% for the same age group and even higher in some regions. These numbers sets forth a frightening picture that should cause all people to be concerned and do something for its cause.

AIDS is the summation of all the diseases associated with HIV infection. This infection triggers the weakening of the immune system and until its final breakdown. Majority of all the infected and untreated persons will sooner or later develop the AIDS.

The prevalence of the disease is unfortunate for the younger population as they are primarily the age group that has much sexual activity. Still, this is not a reason for the older generation to be lax as the virus can be transmitted in many other ways besides sexual contact.

It can also be transmitted from the mother to the fetus; thus, a baby can be born carrying the virus. A baby born with this virus stands low survival chances and the possibility that child is dead before he or she gets to know the world and enjoy the gift of life and all the aspects a human should know before dying. The virus is transmitted by contact with the mother's blood, or after the birth process, by breast-feeding.

Despite the worldwide attention it is getting and the application of the most sophisticated and state-of-the-art treatments, HIV continues to evolve and claim millions of lives, which leaves the scientific world stumped. Meanwhile the world is on standby while this 21st century epidemic continues to wreak havoc to the world's population, especially on those innocent children.
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