04 November 2011

UN warns Asian countries for Hiv/AIDS viral diseases

In the last few decades, since HIV became a sort of epidemic, the United Nations Organization has played a very vital role in addressing the problem called AIDS. In fact, it was one of the very few organizations which took initiative in this regard and took some concrete steps to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

By way of providing education to the people in regard to HIV, the United Nations has played a key role in trying to curb the problem of HIV/AIDS. In the last few years, it has engaged in providing medications to people affected with HIV.

However, despite the best efforts on their part, HIV is still affecting a lot many people, than what was expected. As it is, Asia is stated to be the next most affected region after Africa. It therefore needs timely action on the part of the Asian governments.

In fact, UN has recently warned that, Asia is slated to face the worst HIV crisis in the history of mankind, if these nations do not take adequate actions in this regard. This statement indeed seems true. With a huge population and lack of proper medical facilities in many region; HIV is a perpetual time bomb ticking away and unless timely action is taken, it can blast away huge populations and then the situation would be beyond any body’s control.

Although, Asia has still not been as badly affected, as Africa, it is just a matter of time, when the virus catches up in this region as well. Added to this, the stigma associated with AIDs/HIV in most cultures across Asia, can keep most people from getting an HIV test done, resulting a perfect recipe for a catastrophe.

According to a rough estimate, there are around seven million people in Asia who have been infected with HIV. This is an official estimate. Unofficial estimates however, say that the actual number is already at an alarming level. Further, this number could rise to absurdly high levels in near future. With thousands of new cases of HIV infections reported every year, Asia is on the verge of a major AIDS epidemic.

Another disturbing piece of statistic is that, there has been the rise of HIV cases in children up to fourteen years of age, by more than forty percent. This factor, may lead to more than two million HIV and AIDS related deaths each year.

It therefore becomes very important to address this problem in an adequate manner. Timely action on the part of the governments of Asia can actually help in preventing a major catastrophe from taking place. Otherwise, the situation would go beyond control.

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