Unfortunately, we all probably know someone living with HIV/AIDS or has succumb to the disease especially in the early 1990s in the U.S.. June 2011 marked 30 years since we witnessed the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Although, it is no longer a death sentence and we have made great strides in the development and approval of drugs to treat HIV/AIDS the prevention and care of the disease are still challenging with some of the same issues today that we were burden with yester-year, and today there is still no cure. To view HIV/AIDS prevention and guidelines go to the National Prevention information Network (NPIN) http://www.cdcnpin.org In addition, you can also view the AIDS Research Program of the National Institute of Health (NIH) at http://www.oar.nih.gov
To address HIV/AIDS in the U.S in the 2013 Budget, President Obama proposed the following,
- Continue to support HIV/AIDS research.
- Expand investments in prevention and care.
- Funds cross-cutting innovative efforts for care and prevention.
- Expand the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
- Increase funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and service integration.
- Modernize the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program.
- Continue to fight the stigma of HIV/AIDS.
The Fiscal Year 2013 budget’s HIV/AIDS elements can be viewed in this fact sheet from the White House: Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Supporting People Living with HIV/AIDS
AIDS outside the United States
The fight against AIDS outside of the US has not been as successful but things are improving. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda through the Bill & Melinda foundation gave 750 million to help fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. http://www.gatesfoundation.org. To date over 15 million Africans have died of AIDS and the number of Africans living with HIV/AIDS is staggering. To find out more about HIV/AIDS in Africa go to http://www.avert.orghiv-aids-africa.htm Another country struggling with the disease is India; over 2 million people are living with the disease. Go to http://www.avert.org/aidsindia.html to find out more about HIV/AIDS in India. Another country is on our minds due to the fact the population size is China. Although, millions have died from the disease and millions are living with the disease it’ prevalence is rather low, less than 1.0%. Go to http://www.avert.org/aidschina.htm to find out more about HIV/AIDS in China.