Why Can’t We Bring Down The Number Of New HIV Cases?

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic is no longer the biggest bully in the playground, nor does it look as ominous as it did when it was first reported in the ‘80s and ’90s. The efforts to put an end to the spreading of this disease are at a standstill. Since its peak in 1997, the number have panned out to about 2 million extra cases each year thanks to numerous awareness campaigns, free distribution of sexual protection paraphernalia and testing programs. The downside of these numbers is that the newly infected people are generally younger than they were before.

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Despite the alarm bells that these statistic ring, the global fining for HIV/AIDS has declined and the reason for that is the fact that it does not have the same scare factor as it once did. With more lives being claimed by cancer and violence, the fact that this infectious disease is still one of the major killers does not naturally come to mind. These number, however, are slated to rise if teens are not properly informed of the risks of unprotected or multiple sexual partners.

Despite the stubbornness of this epidemic, the U.N. has vowed to end AIDS by 2030. Though there is currently no cure an perhaps there never will be, the aim will be to suppress HIV/AIDS till the numbers drop and they are no longer a major health issue.

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