In New Guinea, people are burying those infected with the virus alive!!!
It's really sad how people are alienating those with the disease and how uneducated they are on how it's spread. Especially after 25 years of the disease. It's sad that whether in big cities or remote villages I hear stories of people still believing in certain myths of HIV (like sharing the same spoon and fork) and stigmatizing them.
My cousin who has a friend with the virus for 10 years now was discriminated against in a restaurant when she drank from a glass and a person thought you could spread it that way!!! I have also met people in their 20s at my university who believe you can get it through mere physical contact!!!
Further, it's also really shocking that the diagnoses has gone up. I thought with the information now known, it would have gone down. Especially when it's next to impossible to get it through blood transfusions.
Where has HIV/AIDS education gone wrong? Pre-marital sex based education? Condom based education? Or are people just simply not listening!!?? It's a very easy issue for people to be informed of and it's really sad that whether you're in New York City or in the Himilayas, there are people out there who don't know anything about it and are so prejudiced.
Yes, I know in Africa there are cultural issues on discussing sex, condoms and the sort, but they need to have that information.
As of now, treatments in HIV have advanced thanks to a medication called HEART or something. Not exactly a cure, but thanks to this medicine, people infected with the virus can live for another 20-40 years. Back then, there was AZT you had to take every 4 hours and I don't think it did anything. With the way HIV treatments have gone, I think it's possible to see a cure for it within our lifetime or generation.