HIV is one of the least talked about disease all over the world. People who have it are afraid to talk about it because of the stigma that comes along with having such disease. Because of the judgment, ridicules and insults hurled at them for having HIV; it has become difficult for these people to seek the medical attention that they need.
Thankfully though, the society has become a little more forgiving at HIV patients these days. However, that doesn’t erase the fact that many of us do not know the important facts about HIV.
The Facts You Need to Know
■ Based on the UNAIDS record, about 7000 young women contract HIV every week. That means that every 2 minutes, a young woman is impacted by this disease. According to their statistics, women aged 10 to 24 are two times most likely to contract HIV as compared to men in the same age bracket.
■ The UNAIDS – Children & HIV Fact Sheet July 2016 also showed that about 400 children contract HIV every day while about 290 children die due to HIV related illness every day.
■ And after over 30 years, we still weren’t able to eradicate HIV. The sad part is, 30% of the people who are HIV positive are not aware that they have the disease. Most of these people come from the low and middle-income countries, about 25.5 million are living in sub-Saharan Africa while 19.4 million are living in Eastern and Southern Africa.
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Make HIV History
I believe that the best way to reduce the risk of HIV for both children and adults is to spread awareness about this disease. As a soon-to-be mom, I felt I must protect the future generation from this illness. I want to take part in increasing HIV awareness so I can build a better world to live in for my little man.
That’s why I am very excited to tell you that the HIV treatments have improved during the recent years. In fact, Johnson & Johnson is currently developing a possible HIV vaccine that can benefit millions of children and adults all over the world. This vaccine was formulated to protect people against the variety of HIV strains, and the results of the studies that they have conducted seem promising. They announced this important milestone in the fight against HIV this year’s Global Citizen Festival, and it is time that we tell the world about it.
If you want to be a part of making HIV a history, there’s one thing that you can do! I encourage you to join this anti-HIV campaign by creating your own video that can help spread HIV awareness and put an end to this dreaded disease. Check out some of the videos at Johnson & Johnson’s Make HIV History page.