The World Health Organization's Role in Fighting HIV/AIDS

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Introduction Discussions about HIV/AIDS have changed radically since the disease was first identified in the early 1980s. As physicians and public health workers developed a fundamental understanding of the disease and discovered ways to ameliorate its devastating effects, HIV/AIDS victims coupled hope for recovery with changed lifestyles at least in some socioeconomic sectors (Lane, et al., 2004). At backward looking analysis reveals that he incidence and survival rates of HIV/AIDS continue to be solidly associated with country of residence, economic class, and gender (Lane, et al., 2004). Treatment and intervention disparities. By 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that approximately two million HIV-positive people in low-income and middle-income countries were receiving the antiretroviral treatment they needed. This number of individuals accessing treatment reflected only 28% of the people across the globe who needed the antiretroviral regimens (Lane, et al., 2004). As the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS problem grew, the G8 scaled down on earlier optimistic treatment targets, hopefully making a commitment to provide access to treatment for five million people (Lane, et al., 2004). The need to re-socialize HIV/AIDS treatment. Physicians and public health officials have a difficult time separating the social conditions of people with HIV/AIDS and other chronic infectious diseases from the incidence, distribution, and outcomes associated with the
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