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    Posted November 30, 2011 by
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    Have you been affected by AIDS?

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    Good and Bad News on AIDS day 2011

     

    World AIDS day is a good time to take stock of what works and what does not in the fight against HIV infection progressing to AIDS. HIV infection leads to AIDS because of the destruction of the very immune cells that are supposed to protect us. Image 1 shows a global trend of increasing number of people living with HIV and that is both a good news and bad news. good news is that fewer people who are HIV positive are dying from AIDS. The bad news is that new infections are continuing to rise at a steady level. Another tragic news is that the microbicide trial in South Africa that reported promising results for HIV prevention in women has been placed under scrutiny and a cloud. A new study reported by the Microbicide network suggests that the conclusion of the earlier study that received publicity and a standing ovation at the AIDS conference does not hold and that the microbicide shows no protection. With no vaccines that are promising and no microbicides that work, HIV prevention can only be achieved by the use of physical barriers like condoms and by the education of those sexually active persons who are likely to either transmit or get infected. Education of how HIV is acquired and how infection can be prevented has to be etched in every potential HIV patient. The goal to eradication is not too far but if the global trend continues, it could be several decades before HIV can be declared dead. Previously I had estimated that in another 30-40 years HIV can be eradicated, meaning no new infections but on the World AIDS day 2011, I have to push the complete eradication of HIV beyond 2050.

    The AIDS ribbon and the global trend statistics were obtained from the websites listed below

    http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-9888595/stock-vector-aids-hiv-awareness-ribbon-vector-illustration.html

    http://www.avert.org/worldstats.htm

    http://jrsm.rsmjournals.com/content/97/1/1.full

    http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/hiv_microbicide_tenofovir_1667_21520.shtml

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