For those of us who lived through the very harrowing early days of the “AIDS Crisis”in 1981 it’s hard to believe that it’s now 2012 and there is still no cure. Major strides have been made in terms of treatment, but according the CDC “More than two-thirds of the estimated 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are in developing countries, and nearly three-fourths of the 2.5 million new HIV infections in 2011 occurred in these countries.”
CDC estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S.. One in five (20%) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection. Let me repeat that “One in five are unaware that they are infected.” Has that sunk in? If they don’t know – how will you?
Today is World AIDS Day – the theme this year is Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.
Be smart, be safe, get tested.
Let’s hope and work hard to ensure that future generations are “AIDS Free.”
posted by – Susan, Health Reference Librarian