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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 164
 

Stop AIDS: Keep the promise


Dr. A. L. Nair Road, Mumbai, India

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S G Damle
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.19001

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Every year "WORLD AIDS DAY" is celebrated on 1st December. This year the theme is "STOP AIDS: KEEP THE PROMISE".

It is shocking to know that almost five million people were infected by HIV globally in 2005, one of the highest jumps since the first reported case in 1981, taking the number of living with the virus to a record 40.3 million (UN report).

The continuing rampage by this epidemic has fuelled 4.9 million new infections in Subsaharan Africa and a spike in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, as reported by UNAIDS in its annual report. Despite progress made in a small but growing number of countries, the epidemic continues to outstrip efforts to contain it.

More than 3.1 million people have died this year due to AIDS including 500,00 children, presenting an alarming situation. The UNAIDS/WHO stated that the virus prevalence continued to rise in India with approximately 80,000 AIDS cases and 1.5 rhillion people infected with HIV. If this trend continues, India could have as many as 30 million people with HIV by the year 2010.
"KEEP THE PROMISE" is an appeal to government and policy makers to ensure that targets are met in this fight against HIV/AIDS.One of the goals of United Nation committee is to halt and reverse the stroke of AIDS by 2015.Successful programs are required, to ensure that each of us whether policy makers, sufferers or leaders will be able to keep this promise too…… so, lets Join hands to fight this battle against AIDS.


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