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Over 33 million infected with AIDS virus - U.N.

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  1. Babylon

    Babylon JF-Expert Member

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    Over 33 million infected with AIDS virus - U.N.

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    An estimated 33.4 million people worldwide are infected with the AIDS virus, up from 33 million in 2007, but more people are living longer due to the availability of drugs, according to a United Nations report. Skip related content
    However, more than half of the people who need life-saving drugs are not getting them, according to the 2009 AIDS epidemic update, launched on Tuesday in Shanghai by the World Health Organisation and Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
    Cocktails of drugs can control HIV but there is no cure.
    UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe told Reuters in an interview in Shanghai that advances in HIV prevention and treatment were still very lopsided.
    "The major problem we are facing today is inequity. It is very important we don't continue to have 400,000 babies born with HIV in Africa every year," Sidibe said.
    "That is something that the world can deliver. That is why we are calling for virtual elimination of transmission from mother to child by 2015."
    Teguest Guerma, acting director of WHO's HIV/AIDS department, told a simultaneous press briefing in Geneva that while more than 4 million people were receiving HIV drugs at the end of 2008, up from 3 million at the end of 2007, many more were going without.
    "More than 5 million people need treatment and are not receiving it," Guerma said.
    Speaking later to Reuters, Guerma said second line drugs still cost a minimum of $800 (484 pounds) per year in low-income countries.
    "It is still very expensive ... If (patients) fail in the first line regime, they need to switch to the second. One reason it is not being done is because it is not available and it costs too much. Countries are not purchasing it," Guerma said.
    Overall, however, the epidemic seems to be stabilising, Paul De Lay, deputy executive director of UNAIDS, said in Geneva.
    "The data we are seeing confirm this," he said. "It is a combination of decreasing deaths, more people therefore living, adding to the total number of infected and decreasing new infections."
    In sub-Saharan Africa, where the scourge of AIDS is most keenly felt, there were 400,000 fewer infections in 2008, or down 15 percent compared to 2001.
    New HIV infections declined 25 percent in East Asia and 10 percent in south and southeast Asia within the same timeframe.
    However, more needs to be done, Sidibe said.
    "The findings also show that prevention programming is often off the mark and that if we do a better job of getting resources and programmes to where they will make the most impact, quicker progress can be made and more lives saved," he said.
    The report also revealed that HIV played a significant factor in deaths to women during childbirth. Using South African data, about 50,000 maternal deaths were associated with HIV in 2008.
    "AIDS isolation must end ... half of all maternal deaths in Botswana and South Africa are due to HIV," said Sidibe, who also called for an end to discriminatory laws in many countries.
    Laws criminalising homosexuality and prostitution for example end up driving these high-risk groups underground so they are unable to access treatment or services. Ultimately, infections spread into the general population.
    (Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Writing by Tan Ee Lyn in Hong Kong; Editing by Bill Tarrant)
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    Which is more dreadful? The statistics (over 33 million infected with AIDS virus) or the fact that despite all the statistics given and the awareness raised...the people have not changed their lifestyles?
    What is wrong with us in Africa? Do we have the culture of ignoring statistics and facts until they happen next door? Take the citizens living in flooded areas where every year they have to be removed by force by authorities before the heavy rains.Still some of them will oppose to move until the floods find them. This cycle will repeat each and every year?

    Take the citizens who will go to hanging out places/ bars with children until very late on weekends/Sundays without thinking of the impact that will have on the concentration of the children in school next day....

    Take the daladala/matatu driver/owner who knows the service for that vehicle is due and it is in use for public transport but does not service it until an accident happens and its a national tragedy....
    Take the fire extinguisher service company which does not conduct a proper service of the fire extinguisher tanks/cylinders and when a fire erupts the extinguishers are useless....
    The examples are endless but they all have one thing in common.....WE LEAVE A LOT TO FATE....and when the worst happens we say IT IS GODS PLAN (Mapenzi ya Mungu)...People will voluntarily have unprotected sex and later says..."I hope s/he was not infected"... We commit a lot of careless behaviours and HOPE..all will end well!!
    I think its about time we change our views to life and have a firm control of what happens to our lives. It is only then that the statistics will show an downward movement and lets stop HOPING that figures will decrease despite our careless behaviours