It should be time to celebrate key milestones in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Recently, the United Nations announced that new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths fell to their lowest levels since the epidemic's peak. Today, 6.6 million people in low- and middle-income countries are on life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and people with HIV are living longer.
Eight years ago, I suffered a life-threatening complication after delivering my daughter. I was fortunate to have access to health care providers who managed the situation. The experience set me on a path to ensure that geography alone no longer determines whether or not childbirth is deadly for women and infants.
Suksma Ratri separated from her husband after suffering ongoing domestic violence. But four years ago, the young mother from Indonesia found out her ex-husband had become extremely ill, and possibly had AIDS.
The House voted Thursday to triple money to fight AIDS, malaria
and tuberculosis around the world, giving new life and new punch to
a program credited with saving or prolonging millions of lives in
World AIDS Day is observed around the globe on December 1. Since the first World AIDS Day in 1988, governments, organizations and charities have worked to raise awareness of the global AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Use the information in this One-Sheet to provide students with an overview about HIV and AIDS.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday told a U.N. special conference on HIV/AIDS that the global response to the disease was insufficient, saying "the epidemic continues to outrun our efforts to contain it."
Ludfine Anyango, a 34-year old woman from Kenya, was diagnosed HIV-positive eight years ago. She was married at the time. Her husband died from the disease. It was then she suspected that she too might be infected. She was.