HIV is one of the most stigmatized disease in the world. When people are made aware of a person’s HIV positive status, what follows will usually be a lack of understanding and compassion, somewhat treating the people who are infected like the Lepers from the olden day. This is sad but true. You can read more about HIV here.
The fight against AIDS and the struggles faced by sufferers
Since the disease was first discovered, millions of people continue to die every day from the disease. While the rate of transmission within the gay community is extremely high, there was a long and widespread misunderstanding that the disease is only caused by gay sex. In actual fact, about 50% of current sufferers are females.
Continuous education is happening, but people are still getting infected
Encouragingly, the rate of growth for new HIV cases has slowed down, there is still a high number of people getting infected each day and cumulatively, a wider pool of infected sufferers who might be unknowingly passing this disease on to the others.
People are living more fruitful lives nowadays with improvements in antiretroviral treatments
Compared to the past where people usually die within a few years, the current treatment methods are able to help people live significantly longer lives, sometimes decades from the diagnosis date. For example, Magic Johnson, a famous Basketballer has been living for more than 2 decades with the disease. The secret is to catch HIV infections early before it becomes full blown AIDS, such that the body immune system is destroyed and normal living becomes impossible.
There is also a huge emphasis on education, but in the midst of chasing eradication of the virus, perhaps we should also stop and think about cures. At CuraHOPE, we are fighting for a balanced world where both sufferers and non-sufferers of incurable diseases and chronic conditions can live cohesively, without discrimination and prejudice.
However, in this world where conflict is rife, and the population so diverse and divided, can we truly fight for something beyond ourselves? CuraHOPE is only possible if there is universal love, and we hope every article will touch the souls of our readers.