A previously unknown immunodeficiency disease was discovered by scientists about twenty-five years ago, which came to be known broadly as 'AIDS'. //Ever since, 'Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome' or AIDS, has spread dangerously, taking the world by storm; according to the latest figures enabled by the UNAIDS/WHO 2006 AIDS Epidemic Update, nearly 39.5 million people across the world are grappling with the disease.
AIDS is the clinical manifestation of disease symptoms occurring due to HIV infection. The Human Immunodeficiency virus, a veritable portender of doom, has left a trail of destruction, thwarting the lives of millions. Amid such a dismal scenario, it is no exaggeration that we are caught in a 'do or die' situation, with no option but to halt the epidemic. 1st December 2006, World AIDS Day, is a global call for action, to put our heads together in an all out effort to fight HIV/AIDS. The 'red ribbon', which has been the celebrated symbol for the cause of AIDS, has proved that actions do speak louder than words. Sport a Red Ribbon today, and take the cause of AIDS forward on a war footing - 'Stop AIDS. Keep the promise.'
Chinks in the armour
An alarming 12000 people are infected with HIV each day. New data has shown that HIV prevention programmes have not been persistent, which is a major setback to the success of such measures. Further, the prevention strategies have failed to reach the vulnerable lot, defeating the very purpose of its initiation. In 2005 for instance, less than 50% of the young were well-informed about HIV; only 9% of homosexual men and less than 20% of injecting drug users had access to HIV prevention methods. Dangerously, a miniscule 9% of infected pregnant women were provided antiretroviral drugs. And what can be worse, the estimated 15 million children who were prone to the epidemic were not provided adequate care and support.
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