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Aids ( Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome )

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HIV, the virus which develops into AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), is one of the world’s largest health concerns. The first cases were discovered in 1981. Now, about 35 years later, there are over 36.9 million people living with the disease (UNAIDS 1). Cases have been reported in all regions of the world. The majority of those living with HIV/AIDS, and those at greatest risk for contracting the disease, have limited to no access to education, prevention, care and treatment. There also is still no cure for the disease. Despite challenges faced by those trying to develop techniques for prevention, global efforts have been developed to try to curtail the spread of the disease and prevent as many new cases as possible. The number of AIDS related deaths each year has declined, showing that efforts for prevention are making a difference. In addition, the number of people with HIV receiving treatment has increased tenfold from 1.4 million in 2014 to over 15 million in March of 2015 (UNAIDS 1). This increase in the numbers of those being treated reflects the success that public safety programs have had when it comes to spreading knowledge of the disease and providing assistance to those infected. Both of these, as well as numerous other interventions and vaccine research, are key factors when it comes to how the U.S. Government and other public safety divisions are approaching the war on AIDS over the last 30 plus years and moving forward. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is being
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