May 23 2012
AIDS in Asia
Today many parts of the world are infected by AIDS, however many people associate the disease with Africa, and the media focuses on the efforts of those on the African continent. Though there is a huge struggle with AIDS in Africa, little know that there is a huge problem with AIDS in Asia also. Today around 4.79 million people are living with HIV in South, East, and South-east Asia. It is important for us to be aware of the situation that is going on in Asia, and what we must do in order to prevent this disease from progressing into something worse than what it already has become.
Most people believe AIDS originated from chimpanzees, which was considered the “cut hunter theory”. The hunters would kill the chimpanzees causing some of the blood to get into the hunters cuts or wounds, and thus causing the hunters to get infected by the disease. Although, there were studies shown that the cause of HIV and AIDS could never have happened this way. Many scientists and academics debated that the widespread of the AIDS virus began with an accidental vaccine contamination and subsequent transmissions to African villagers, but in February 1999, a group of researchers proved that the chimpanzees were the source of HIV-1, and at some point the disease crossed species from chimps to humans.
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This disease was first discovered in the USA in the early 1980’s when several cases of AIDS were occurring. In the 1990’s, AIDS was infecting several Asian countries, and by the end of the decade, AIDS had spread rapidly throughout Asia. There are many things that are causing more people to become infected by AIDS especially is Asia, such as unprotected sex, injecting drug use, sex between men, and mother to child transmission. The most common way people are getting infected by AIDS in Asia is men who have sex with other men, (MSM).
They do not see themselves as gay because their culture discourages homosexuality. HIV outbreaks are becoming evident among men who have sex with men in many more Asian countries such as Cambodia, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines.
AIDS is a major problem that most of the world is facing today and has been facing for many years. Today there are about 34 million people in the world suffering from AIDS, and about 4.79 million of those people are suffering throughout Asia. In 2005 more than 25 million people had died from AIDS in Asia, and about 35 million people were living with the disease. As you can see in the past few years the number of people infected by the disease has decreased by more than 30 million people. There are many consequences when living with this disease. In many of the less wealthy countries, people cannot afford treatment for AIDS, or even healthcare making it impossible to find any sort of medical treatment. Many young children experience death among their parents and others around them from this disease, causing families to disappear, and the sad thing is they cannot do anything about it.
Not only is AIDS affecting Asia, but it is affecting this whole world around us as well. It is serious enough for the United States to consider it a threat to its national security and in some nations has had an impact on the mortality rates, and the economy. This disease will continue to be a financial drain on the recourses of all the people of the world. AIDS can be seen as a threat to world peace and a regional problem. As time goes by, and more people die from this disease, many more people are going to demand a cure for this illness. It could most definitely cause people to become impatient, causing people worldwide to get upset. It’s not as much of a regional problem, because it really does affect the whole world no matter what country is being affected the most.
AIDS is a deadly disease that affects people world wide. AIDS is a disease that brings about many social consequences. Many of these consequences result in physical, emotional, and economic problems. AIDS compromises the immune system of the human body, making a person susceptible to many different illnesses and infections. Among these are: unexplained fatigue and weight loss, night sweats and ...
Today there is currently no cure for AIDS. There are other treatments though that can delay the illness for many years. Before they had these treatments people were constantly dying, because of how deadly this disease is. Luckily today we have more medical advancements, which have lowered the number of mortality rate of people infected by AIDS. People have been trying for years now to find a cure for AIDS but are yet to find one. The reason it’s taking such a long time to find a cure, is because usually the infected cells produce numerous HIV particles and die soon afterwards, where as the antiretroviral drugs interfere with this replication process, which is why the drugs are so effective at reducing the amount of HIV in a person’s body to extremely low levels. Another reason why we are having trouble finding a cure for AIDS is because it takes a very expensive, long-term, and risky research and the sales model will not support the effort. It’s been said that the cure for AIDS will not be found anytime in the near future.
What people need to understand is that there are some diseases that are easier to find cures for, and then there are others that take a lot more time, money, and patience. Even though we have not yet found a cure for AIDS, it’s been said that in time they will find one, all we need to do is be patient. We are lucky to have the medical advancements we have in today’s society, and the treatment to help those with AIDS to live longer. People also need to become more aware of AIDS and how much it can change your life. Learning about AIDS at a young age will help kids be more aware so as they get older they can prevent themselves from getting it. There are also organizations where you can donate money to help find the cure for AIDS. It is important that people donate so we can find the cure as fast as possible. Some of the world’s top research institutions are currently engaged in studies to learn more about infected resting cells and the behavior of HIV. The truth is that this field does not receive a lot of funding. Of the $1.54 billion spent by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on AIDS in 2009, only 40 million of it was spent on AIDS cure research; only 3 percent of the NIAID’s budget. We have to make sure that the researchers are getting enough funds in order to do what they have to do to save the lives of millions of people, and to find the cure for this disease.
The AIDS epidemic has reached disastrous proportions on the continent of Africa. Over the past two decades, two thirds of the more than 16 million people in the world infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, live in sub-Saharan Africa. It is now home to the largest number of people infected, with 70 percent of the world's HIV infected population. The problem of this ...
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