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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No Scientifically-Proven Link Between The Flu Vaccine And Autism

The Flu Vaccine And Autism

Mothers-to-be have one less worry. Now, contracting the flu or getting a flu shot during pregnancy has been proven to be unrelated to a baby’s chances of being born with autism. In several previous researches, fever, influenza and other related infections, including getting a flu vaccination, has been linked with the unborn child developing aspects of autism spectrum disorder. A recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics stated that the association between them is unconnected.

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The study was based on a survey conducted during 2000 to 2010 in the northern parts of California. Pregnant women who had the flu or took the vaccine during pregnancy were wrongly represented as giving birth to autistic children, given that nearly 1.6% of the entire study group developed the disorder, However, after further research, the new study shows that there is no relation between autism and the flu, at least during the last two trimesters. While the initial study pointed out that the risk of ASD increased with the advent of the flu, the current study chalks it down to pure chance and that the numbers are not significant enough statistically to cause any alarm. The study has been left open-ended so that further research can be conducted on the topic.

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