Sunday, March 12, 2017
Today is the birthday anniversary of my godson who died from AIDS. If he were alive today, there would be great hope that he would be able to live and possibly be cured.
The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation and The Clinton Foundation have committed billions of dollars in the fight to treat, prevent, and find a cure for AIDS.
According to the United Nations, about 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and 2.5 million were infected last year alone. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control states there is an alarming rise in the spread of HIV among teenagers and young adults, with 1,000 new infections each month. Yet public officials and health care workers say the world is nearing a turning point on AIDS, the disease caused by the HIV virus.
But for every person who receives treatment, two more become infected. Only about 8 million HIV patients in developing countries are receiving treatment. The United Nations' goal is to have 15 million people receiving treatment by 2015.
But experts say that testing and education also are crucial. The CDC recommends routine testing for everyone.
Dr. Jonathan Mermin of the Centers for Disease Control spoke to VOA via Skype. "HIV testing should be as common as cholesterol screening," he said.