WORLD AIDS DAY 2013: SOME RANDOM OBSERVATIONS

LIGHT, THOU ART THE HEALING. LIGHT, THOU ART THE SOUL.

Life finds its flow. Light finds its intensity.

Though there are many more silent killers than the HIV/AIDS, the social stigma attached with this viral epidemic makes it a killer in the real sense. Though not curable yet, the advances in the health science with more evolved antiretroviral therapy has made life easier for millions of the HIV-positive people across the world so much so that they can now maintain even the sexual contact with their partners with proper precautions.

HIV/AIDS treatment and further research has always been a politically sensitive issue as the current treatment regime and the further research both are highly expensive and prevalence of the HIV infected people in many low-income (69 per cent of the HIV infected are living in Sub-Saharan countries) and developing countries only exacerbates the problem.

Reports on the World AIDS Day 2011 said, “It’s more of a manageable chronic infection and not a life-threatening one now.” World Health Organization (WHO) said, “Increased access to HIV services resulted in a 15% reduction of new infections over the past decade and a 22% decline in Aids-related deaths in the last five years.”

Much was said and debated as the HIV-AIDS completed its 30 years in June 2011. Obama had announced new resolve to combat the HIV-AIDS menace. What could happen and what could have happened since then is to be seen on this World AIDS Day.

“Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination” – was the theme of the World AIDS Day last year, and is this year, too. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) then, the goal to bring 15 million HIV-infected people under the treatment regime of the antiretroviral drugs by 2015, though a tough assignment, looked within reach given the latest global statistics then.

Like every other health problem, if the HIV-infected people, too, are taken into the mainstream and given a holistic environment of medical and emotional care, every HIV target would be much easier to scale and achieve. Countries across the world need to plan and think large scale social interventions and mobilizations and now is the time.

Life finds its flow. Light finds its intensity.

LIGHT, THOU ART THE HEALING. LIGHT, THOU ART THE SOUL.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/