AIDS Prevention in Africa Essay

1628 Words 7 Pages
During the last three decades, the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus have taken the lives of many women and men in Africa, as well as infecting their unborn children. Is there enough being done to eradicate this disease in Africa, and will the cost of these treatments limit those who do not have the available income to afford these drugs? Scientist and researchers have worked over the years to find a cure or vaccine for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, but it remains the most incurable infection in the world. “There are several promising drug therapies now becoming available which are far too expensive for poor countries to afford” (Economist, Vol. 344, …show more content…
If all those infected take the antiretroviral-drug therapy they can live a long life and almost never pass on the virus, even through unprotected sex. If everyone was on therapy, there would be little or no transmission. Aids prevention has been a challenge for those working in countries that have large numbers of people infected with the AIDS virus. Education is vital to the eradication of AIDS.
In an effort to halt the spread of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, there are organizations conducting sustained education, training and community mobilization efforts in close collaboration with African partner organizations. Existing anti-HIV drugs are being investigated as a method of preventing transmission in two different ways. One approach is for people who are HIV – positive to start taking the drugs while their CD4 count, white blood cells used to fight infection, is still high, before they need treatment for the sake of their own health. The drugs reduce the amount of virus in their body fluids, making it harder to pass on the virus. “An earlier start to treatment seems to cut transmission by an impressive 16 percent during the clinical trial” (Pisani). The public health establishment has procrastinated about the “evidence-based” approaches to HIV prevention, “we should only do what has been proven to work”. The trouble is that things that succeed in “careful scientific studies can fail miserably when translated into real life. The bottom line to AIDS

More about AIDS Prevention in Africa Essay

Open Document