Although HIV and AIDS dominated headlines for a number of years beginning in the mid 1980s, the HIV virus has been largely forgotten by people living in countries that enjoy the most advanced health care systems. Thanks to the availability of amazing medicines and excellent overall care, scientists and doctors in countries like the United States have been able to limit the negative effects of HIV upon those who must live with the virus.Thanks to medication and education, the spread of HIV and AIDS has slowed considerably, as well. Unfortunately, HIV and AIDS have not been brought under control in some of the poorest regions of the world. This is why the work of every HIV AIDS group is so important. By working with poor nations and their governments, certain groups are able to connect patients with the life-saving treatments they need to fight AIDS.
Access to Health
Access to health care is one of the most important factors when it comes to treating HIV and AIDS patients. One of the main reasons why HIV and AIDS have become so widespread in the third world is a distinct lack of access to medical care. Treatments exist, but connecting patients with them has been historically difficult. Thankfully, groups like the Clinton Health Access Initiative and others have worked hard to provide the infrastructure that allows patients to access health care. As a result, the spread of HIV and AIDS has slowed considerably in the world’s poorest countries over the course of the last decade. The costs associated with treating HIV and AIDS patients in these regions have also been reduced significantly.
Even though HIV and AIDS have been forgotten in many parts of the globe, they continue to pose a major threat in the poorest parts of the planet. Access to health care options has been historically sparse or non-existent in these areas, but the outlook is changing thanks to the help of groups and organizations committed to fighting the effects of HIV and AIDS. A great deal of work remains to be completed, but tremendous progress has already been made.