The Origins and Evolution of HIV Virus
by - Nikki Malik | 3 years ago
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Africa was once known to be the cesspool of HIV infected patients. However, recently gathered data shows that there has been a significant drop in overall HIV positive percentages. The number has dropped by at least 25% in a couple of other countries as well.
For example, in Kenya, the infection rate fell to 5% and it is considered to be a drastic improvement if compared to the previous 14 percentile. It may surprise you, but Condom was never considered to be a top priority while engaging in sexual acts in Africa. But if we were to debate the use of condoms in Africa, there is a strong debate to be held.
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For starters, Africans did not have much say about condoms because of the rape situation, and also how protective sex was not considered a viable option. Viable for those who were either looking to NOT raise kids, or for those people who just wanted to have sex with anything that moved. It also reminded me of a documentary where a woman was crying her heart out.
She was an HIV positive case and contracted the disease when she was raped by African soldiers. She does not remember the number of soldiers because she lost consciousness in the middle of that heinous act. What she does remember is waking up to broken ribs and severe damage to her vaginal tract. Later on, she was diagnosed with aids by a local doctor. Ever since then, the poor woman has been dealing with the issue all on her own.
Come what me, prevention will always be the best medicine against AIDS for now. The Bill & Melinda Foundation said that the current economic condition throughout the world has forced authorities to limit the spending on AIDS research. The Foundation is being co-run by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and he said that despite of the limitations that our foundation is facing, we are doing as much as we can, to contribute in the fight against AIDS.
AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is famous for weakening the immune system of its victims. Hence, a patient is prone to all kinds of diseases and he/she can even die of cold or common flu, under the influence of AIDS. The United Nations is also taking part in the fight against the prevention of AIDS. Some people believe that the UN got too late in making its contribution, that’s why we have many more people who are infected with AIDS.
The United Nation’s UNAIDS program has urged countries to invest more in their own HIV programs. Right now, South Africa and Nigeria are on top of the list of those countries that receive most money from international donors. One reason for limited amount of monetary resources for AIDS is that there is no apparent cure for the disease. That’s why; organizations think that it is better to spend the same amount of money on other diseases that are at least curable…
Years after years of disappointment, scientists and medical researchers have finally discovered a potential basis for the creation of an HIV Vaccine. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that three antibodies have been discovered and they are known to neutralize 90% of HIV viral strains.
Doctor Peter Kwong, who is also the Chief of Structural Biology for NIAID, said that the newly discovered antibodies are going to be effective against the HIV virus. These antibodies will add to the vaccination process and we have chances of de activating HIV once and for all…
Some studies reveal that previous antibodies were also promising but their core structure made it difficult for scientists to create a perfect HIV vaccine. Kwong said that the arrival of three new antibodies will help us in precise identification of the HIV virus.
HIV Aids is widely known for its severe infectious potential. The disease holds more than 2 million deaths to its credit and it is still making rapid progress in third world countries. The new findings will probably lead the researchers in the right direction, so that the human race can get rid of AIDS once and for all.
About Nikki Malik
Nikki Malik holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and blogs about technology products in her spare time. She is a mother of three, full time mompreneur and maintains her career as a small business owner.
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