30 years of AIDS


Thirty years ago, the world started to be informed that on the stage it was hosting a new actor, as small as devastating. Its name shortly became well known all over the world: HIV. It happened when the world was starting a new rich opulent and apparently happy age. A new disease –affecting the way through which people is communicating: sex and love- started to challenge science, society, culture, development. We know now that HIV and AIDS is more than a on topic disease. And we know that since the first case reported in 1981, over 25 million people have died because of AIDS, and more than 33.3 million are today living with HIV. We were able to articulate an answer to the pandemic. After 15 years of HAART, we were able to transform this new fatal disease in a chronic condition, thanks to combination therapy. It was a triumph and a key achievement of the modern medical science. But unfortunately the heterogeneous epidemic landscape we are facing show us that the answer is behind the line we should to maintain: every day more 7000 new infection occurs, twice the number of people that every day start antiretroviral therapy.
It is the first time that after 30 years a complex management of a new disease is implemented also in developing countries, averting millions of death.
But financial global crisis is putting a risk these results. An a sort of AIDS fatigue is affecting the world leaders that seem to delist HIV/AIDS from the political agenda. We must to remember that HIV “has inflicted the single great reversal in human development” in the modern history . Trends linked to globalization –population growth, migration, global climate changes, new global power structure (G8, G20, BRIC), social conflicts regarding water or food- will affect vulnerability of people all over the world making them and the human rights more at risk. And, thanks to HIV epidemic, we know that health is a fundamental human rights.
Fighting against AIDS, providing care and therapy in the only true investment we can do, committing our present daily work for the next generation of women and men of our Planet.

Articolo presente in – HAART and correlated pathologies n. 11

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