AIDS in 2007

Aids Ribbon

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Aids was first recognised in 1981 and is currently regarded as pandemic. I don’t regard myself as anywhere near educated on this topic but I think we should all be making more of an effort to understand and support the struggle against Aids.

It seems like we don’t talk about Aids much anymore, like it was overcome some time ago.

In 2005:

  • Between 33 and 46 million people were living with HIV or AIDS.
  • Between 3 and 6 million people were newly infected.
  • Between 2.4 and 3.3 million people died from the disease.

60% of the world’s HIV infected population live in sub-Saharan Africa. China is quietly having a boom in AIDS but not publicising it to the world, similar to their treatment of bird flu cases. Here in Sydney, the proportion of the gay community that is infected is 15-18%.

The numbers are staggering and hard to comprehend. BHP Billiton is even funding AIDS treatment for it’s employees in southern Africa as a business efficiency. I don’t know what difference once person can make, but surely this is something we each need to confront, however uncomfortable it might make us.

Lots of online resources to find out more. Here’s a start: Wikipedia AusAID World Vision

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