Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS Day

So today is annual World AIDS Day because believe it or not, AIDS is still very much a problem, especially in third world countries where treatment and prevention are either difficult or not well-known.

But there is some good, and interesting, news. Techniques to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV have been successful, apparently incredibly so, to the extent that by 2015 there could be no babies born with HIV, as opposed to the 430,000 born this year so far. Which also shows that the problem of stopping the spread of HIV isn't as simple as safe sex, as some would make it seem.

In addition, actor Alan Cumming raises some interesting points on his blog. One, AIDS and HIV no longer are associated with just the gay community like they once were, which is a good thing. What's not so good is the fact that, at least in his opinion, people have become so used to talk about AIDS that maybe we've stopped caring. Become disillusioned and desensitized, as it were. So, do you agree?

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