Another meet on AIDS
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
There is still no vaccine that can prevent AIDS despite more than 35 years of study and research.
That is the terrible conclusion that will again be worked over and discussed in the major conference on the deadly virus that began yesterday in Durban, South Africa, with some of the world's most prominent activists against it, who include United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Britain's Prince Harry, popular singer Elton John, and actress Charlize Theron present.
Billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates is also among those taking part in the worldwide effort against this curse, that is reported to have caused more than 30 million to die within 36 years. Statistics also show that about 37.7 million are suffering from AIDS in the world today, with the biggest number in Africa.
Despite all the efforts, however, no vaccine has yet been developed that could stop the increase of AIDS victims worldwide, and the most alarming reports states that in Africa, more than 2,000 young people below age 24 are infected every day. And about half of this number have not been diagnosed, and are therefore not under treatment, and also capable of passing on the virus to others.
Meanwhile, the United Nations, according to wire reports, aims to end the pandemic by year 2030. That is, possibly, with the hope of developing a vaccine against the virus, or a complete cure which is still not available at present.
If this is not attained, we might see the truth of what Nelson Mandela had spoken when he called AIDS “one of the greatest threats humankind has faced”.*