December 01

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Today in Science

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day was created to call attention to the AIDS pandemic that continues to affect lives the world over. It is an occasion to not only call for further study into treatment of the AIDS virus, but also to remember those whose lives have been claimed by the disease. Many global programs are currently working to provide AIDs treatment to people in underdeveloped parts of the world where the disease has wreaked havoc. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are among these initiatives, and currently they are helping to provide drugs and treatment to 5.2 million underprivileged AIDs victims across the globe.

Though AIDs can be very deadly, lives have been saved with the use of these treatments. An estimated 33.4 million people around the world are learning to survive with the proper medical attention. While treatment is currently the only option for these victims, World AIDS Day teaches how to stop the spread of the virus and gives hope for an eventual cure. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that everyone be tested for AIDS at least once, so that they don’t unknowingly spread the disease to others while they remain undiagnosed.

Learn more about HIV and AIDS by checking out the AAAS publication, HIV and AIDS: The Science Inside, and this blog post, then read up on more recent strategies for combatting HIV from Science.

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