01 January 2012

Important Facts on HIV/AIDS Orphans

In the last few years, HIV/AIDS has killed millions of people. A direct result of this catastrophe has been the dramatically high number of children, who have lost one or both their parents to AIDS. According to a rough estimate, there are more than fifteen million children who have lost their parents to AIDS.

As HIV is staring at us with a satanic smile, it is really pathetic to find ourselves in such helpless situation, where, we are left with no other alternative, than to save the unaffected people from getting infected. As it is, HIV does not have any cure till date, and more so, a cure is not even visible in near future, makes the future extremely gloomy.

Children are the worst affected in such cases. Apart from bearing with the extreme trauma of watching their parents die a terrible death; the afterlife is full of challenges. With virtually no help from the society as such, children having lost both the parents are there on the streets, at the mercy of others, which is indeed hard to find in today’s date.

Society is extremely harsh on these children who often carry the virus themselves; and even when they do not, they are always suspected of carrying the virus. As a result, they have to face a lot of discrimination from the surrounding environment. Little souls crushed under the weight of their parents deaths due to AIDS; they often end up as easy targets of human trafficking.

It is estimated, that there would be more than fifty million orphaned children in Africa alone, by the year 2010. You do not have to be a Sherlock Holmes, to adjudge the fate of these children and what kind of treatment is going to be meted out to them.

No wonder that a majority of these children are not going to die a premature death. More so, with both their parents dead; these children are left totally dependent on grants and charity for their HIV treatment. Since grants and charities are hard to come by, most of theses children get no treatment as such.

With the current global count being close to Fifteen million, in regard to children with both parents lost to AIDS, the condition is pretty bleak. The seriousness of this condition can be judged from the fact that, in 1990 the proportion of children who lost parents due to AIDS was just under 2%, whereas this level rose dramatically to reach more than 28% in 2003.

Another disadvantage, which these children face, is the lack of availability of medication suitable for young children. Despite all the retroviral drug therapy that we have, we still do not have enough medication options which are suitable for children. As it is, the antiretroviral drugs are pretty hard and can not be administered to children.

Children are the worst affected lot, as far as the HIV/AIDS epidemic is concerned. We ourselves are to be blamed for this; which means, that it is our responsibility to do something in this regard.

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