HIV/AIDS Timeline

Take a moment to watch this excellent American news video on the advancement of HIV/AIDS over the past 30 years.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1

In the years since AIDS was first discovered much has changed. What was initially a death sentence has been turned into a chronic but manageable disease through the use of HAART therapy. People who receive treatment before they reach the critical stages of AIDS can have their health restored.

Though much has been accomplished in the management and treatment of HIV a cure still needs to be found. While society waits for a cure we must continue to press forward to conquer outdated fears and stigma related to the virus.

Knowing the truth about transmission is vital to protecting our communities  from becoming infected. Understanding that HIV is transmitted in just 3 main ways and that infected individuals pose not threat when engaging in casual social contact will help society embrace our positive members. Education is key to preventing the disenfranchisement and isolation of HIV-positive community members.

When looking around at the global orphans crisis and the needs of those most vulnerable of the world’s population surely adoption for orphans with HIV/AIDS is a viable option. Especially since they pose no threat in normal family living circumstances.

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