Today, we are looking at many different news in terms of what is happening in the HIV/AIDS space. There are many encouraging news about the fight against the disease, and one country even observed the almost complete eradication of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS. However, there are also some news which show how uneducated the general populace are about the disease.
HIV/AID news – 17 August 2017
- HIV/AIDS No Longer The Leading Cause Of Death In Africa
In perhaps one of the most encouraging signs in the war against HIV/AIDS in Africa, the new statistics released by Africa Check has shown that HIV/AIDS is now second in terms of annual casualties’ figure. While there are still many people dying from HIV/AIDS, this is encouraging as it shows the continent fighting against the disease. The number of deaths have dropped from 1 million deaths in 2010 to 760,000 deaths in 2015 (Africa News, 2017). Lifestyle disease are now the leading cause of death in Africa.
- Winning The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Bermuda
In another encouraging news happening in Bermuda, the island has managed to decrease mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis (The Royal Gazette, 2017). From this news, we see and witness the importance of having the right education in prevention of this terrible disease.
However, we do want to continue striving for true cures and really eradicate the world of this terrible disease.
- Growing Clusters Of HIV Transmission In Texas
There are growing clusters HIV transmission happening in Texas right now. Many of these new cases are resulting from gay men and their sexual activities, with many of these gay men meeting each other through social media (KCPD, 2017). While we hate to pinpoint and single out sexual preferences and the positive correlation with HIV/AIDS, it is observed that one common method of transmission is through gay sex.
- Philippines New HIV Cases Fastest Growing In Asia Pacific
The UN has reported that Philippines is home to the fastest growing rate of HIV/AIDS in Asia Pacific (Australian Medical Association, 2017). The amount of annual new HIV/AIDS cases in Philippines has grown by more than 2 times in the last 6 years from 2010 to 2016. Another astonishing statistic highlighted was the fact that 83% of new HIV cases happened as a result of gay sex, or transgender women who have sex with men.
- Living With HIV/AIDS For 25 Years
An inspirational story of fighting against HIV/AIDS and surviving for more than 2 decades, Lynda Arnold share her experiences living with HIV/AIDS for more than 2 decades and her feelings and thoughts about them (The Body, 2017). Read this story for more inspiration and thoughts.
- Legalization Of HIV Testing Without Consent In Zambia
In Zambia, the President has just legalized the testing of all patients in hospitals for HIV/AIDS without needing the consent from them (Africa News, 2017). This is directly violating a person’s privacy and we are surprised that this has actually been legalized in Zambia. While there are benefits to this approach, we do not believe this will be easily legalized in other countries.