A disease that is killing more people at an alarming rate than any disease in history, yet it is given only one day to recognize.
As of January 2006, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized on June 5, 1981, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history.
Around forty million people are living with HIV throughout the world, according to the World AIDS Day website at http://www.worldaidsday.org. The greatest Wars could not compare to such numbers. If we were to compare AIDS to it, then AIDS is the ‘New World War’ so shouldn’t we (the people and the government) treat it as such?
Please, if you have not been tested, you should do so as soon as possible and if you know someone who has not been tested, or you are with someone who has not been tested, then you should encourage them to be tested, especially if you care about them and yourself. Regardless of whether or not you have had sex before or if you are drug-free, everyone should be tested.
AIDS is blind to color, race, gender, geographic location or age! WE MUST look at this disease as what it really is: A KILLER WITH NO PREFERENCE!! No one is to blame but everyone is at risk! Though, what many people don’t know about AIDS, is that a lot of people can and have survived living with this disease and go on to live long and properous lives with the proper treatment and care. Everyone is hoping for a cure but, meanwhile, we can all do a little in helping to fight this disease!
For information about AIDS, and/or to learn about where you can be tested anonymously in your town or to learn how you can help to fight this disease, please visit http://www.cdc.gov or call the United States AIDS Hotline at 1-800-342-2437 which is available 24 hours a day.
There really should be a more official government resource in which all AIDS/HIV victims worldwide can contact for information, test centers, resources, support and more. There should be worldwide publicity and marketing of such a website and telephone number due to this being a worldwide epidemic.