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Technology Continues to Fight AIDS

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In 2008, Sub-Saharan Africa was populated with over 22 million HIV+ inhabitants, and currently there are over 5 million Southern Africans infected with the virus. Worldwide, there are upwards of 40 million people infected with HIV, a very frightening number. But with the coming of the 22nd annual World AIDS Day, it’s important to take note the progress that has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. At the same time, it’s very vital we familiarize ourselves with a couple great HIV research and technology investors.

Granted, there have already been major advances concerning affordable microbicides and vaccines as preventative measures against the virus. Similarly, the introduction of low-cost antiretroviral drugs has allowed people already infected to lead longer, healthier and happy lives.

This can most certainly be attributed to tremendous associations like the CGI (Clinton Global Initiative). The Clinton Global Initiative has put a tremendous amount of money into AIDS research. Known for his work in raising money for Hurricane/Tsnuami victims, former President Clinton and his close personal aide Doug Band also have great interest in tackling one of the deadliest STDs in the world, HIV/AIDS. Back in 2006, Clinton helped open people’s eyes to the severity of the disease in foreign states by traveling deep into Burma with the crew of 60 Minutes.

Before this however, he introduced CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative), outlined specifically as “a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.” Their main objective was to travel to these third world countries like Burma, and distribute various treatments, which weren’t currently available to sufferers. Since it’s beginning, the organization has helped more than 2 million people gain access to medicines needed for treatment. But the efforts of Former President Clinton and his close personal aide did not end there. The CGI continues to receive funding for HIV related projects in third world countries like Southern Africa.

In their latest endeavor, they’ve joined forces with HP (Hewlett Packard) to deliver technologies that will capture, manage and return early diagnosis for infants. This translates to indentifying the virus in an infant within one to two days, which is a huge improvement from previous paper based systems. How is this important? Newly borne are especially susceptible to the disease as their carriers can very easily transmit. Similarly, it’s very crucial that they begin treatment as soon as possible to ensure survival; without, they are typically unable to survive past age two. In a statement to the press, Clinton stated, “I’m pleased HP’s technology and expertise will enable the partnership with CHAI to save the lives of more than 100,000 infants in Kenya each year, and in the process, demonstrate how the private sector can and should operate in the developing world.”

Within their first year, HP is expected to return results concerning HIV testing for nearly 70,000 infants in Kenya. The technologies introduced will also allow for real-time medical data, which will be viewable to health professionals across Kenya.

Known for it’s incredibly high number of HIV+ citizens, Africa remains one of the greatest challenges for organizations like CHAI/CGI today. Recent advancements in technology have helped lessen casualty rates and permitted people to live more productive lives. And although a cure remains unfound, HP and the CGI have provided great technological steps in the right direction towards eliminating the virus for good.

AIDS Awareness Day

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AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on first of December. AIDS is the acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a disease which interests the human immune system and which is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

AIDS Awareness Day is meant to raise awareness of the big number of people killed every year by this destructive virus. HIV weakens the immune system, thus the body’s ability to fight against certain infections and cancers is extremely reduced. AIDS Awareness Day tries to draw an alarm signal, so that more people get engaged in helping AIDS sufferers. HIV is easily spread through unprotected sexual intercourse, injections, infected blood, but also during childbirth or breastfeeding. The main purpose of AIDS Awareness Day is to inform and promote prevention measurements.

In order to mark AIDS Awareness Day, hundreds of activities take place all around the world on 1st of December. Memorials, art shows, candlelight vigils or religious services are hold in honor of people who have died from AIDS. If you want to take your awareness, start by wearing the red ribbon, which is the international symbol of AIDS. This is worn by individuals all around the world in order to show their support or commitment for AIDS Awareness Day.

World AIDS Day was conceived in 1987 and celebrated for the first time one year later. Ever since 1988, various HIV prevention projects were developed, but AIDS is still very common among people of all nationalities and cultures. These programs still need much improvement, and one of the easiest ways to sustain and promote them is to become actively involved in AIDS Awareness Day.

Statistics regarding HIV spreading are alarming, as they show that more than 25 million people have died of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome since 1981. So don’t hesitate the next time you have the opportunity to take your awareness! It’s much easier to prevent HIV spreading than to treat it, and it surely doesn’t cost you anything to get involved this year, on AIDS Awareness Day!

HIV Is Ingesting The Globe…!

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HIV Is Ingesting The Globe

Thinking of AIDS may come to your mind those countries yawning in paucity and devastation anyhow it should be considered that a cosmic number of HIV victims are growing in developing and developed countries as well. United States of America has the highest rate of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the developed planet. According to an executive survey In United States of America, about 19 million new infections occur each year.

AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is simply advanced rather ultimate stage of HIV. HIV acts against our immune system that is our internal defense system called body’s ‘Security Forces’ which fights against viral infections and external attacks of ailment. When our resistant system smashes, we lose fortification against disease and thus develop many serious, often deadly infections and cancers in the company of AIDS. These further disorders are called “opportunistic infections” because they take advantage of the body’s weakened defenses and assault our body structure. As the name suggests these infections crops up by chance but leaving nothing afterward.

It is said that origin of HIV was discovered long time ago but reported in more or less 1999. How pollsters found HIV? Storyaids behind it was that they identified a picky breed of chimpanzee which was inhabitant of West Equatorial Africa as the original source of the HIV. It was inside chimps then how the virus approached human? Most probably the answer to this is when ancient time’s huntsmen were exposed to the tainted blood of those chimpanzees they got HIV in their blood and thus passing on HIV.

We must know that HIV-positive people are more susceptible to acquiring sexually transmitted diseases than HIV-negative people because their immune systems are weakened. And remember that If an HIV-positive person is infected with another Sexually transmitted disease, that person has more chances than other HIV-positive people to transmit HIV through sexual intercourse.