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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The future of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa is a long-term task that requires sustained effort and planning from both domestic governments and the international community.

Moreover, HIV prevention campaigns that have been successful in sub-Saharan Africa need to be repeated, but also scaled up, especially in response to the 2013 World Health Organization guidelines.

As the HIV epidemic develops, countries in sub-Saharan Africa will need to assess how to allocate what are currently limited treatment resources. 

There are also more fundamental barriers to overcome, particularly HIV-related stigma and discrimination, the issue of gender inequality and HIV-specific criminal legislation. 

Removing such barriers would encourage more people to get tested and seek out treatment, reducing the burden of HIV across the region.

Much to my surprise , I have come to learn that stigmatization is very common in the western world as well. In the US there are several programs that a re set to address this problem so as to promote care for those living with HIV/AIDS.

While attending a meeting sponsored by Gilead pharmaceuticals, we were encouraged to pay attention to this issue . As human service workers , it is crucial to take care of the whole person , not just medical but social needs.

Giving Day !

Today The Red Cross reminds us to give and make an impact.
 Help a family today and everyday.
The act of kindness and giving should be something we strife to achieve daily.

So today is just a reminder. Every little act of kindness goes a long way, in making a difference in the life of someone in need.

Remain blessed.

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