From the Economist:
Since then (1981), 25m people have died from AIDS and another 34m are infected. The 30th anniversary of the disease’s discovery has been taken by many as an occasion for hand-wringing. Yet the war on AIDS is going far better than anyone dared hope. A decade ago, half of the people in several southern African countries were expected to die of AIDS. Now, the death rate is dropping. In 2005 the disease killed 2.1m people. In 2009, the most recent year for which data are available, the number was 1.8m. Some 5m lives have already been saved by drug treatment. In 33 of the worst-affected countries the rate of new infections is down by 25% or more from its peak.
The article argues that the end of aids may arrive with a concerted effort of science (continued medical and pharmaceutical development), altruism (especially in richer and more developed nations providing aid–the Global Fund is a key example) and activism (raising awareness to drive continued socio-political will in solving this problem). A cure per se may never be found, but if the transmission–through unparalleled cooperation–does stop one day, won’t that virtually end it?
Read the article and answer these questions:
What is your own outlook on the situation of aids today? Why?
Are the 3 elements mentioned above adequate?